Thanks to the Atlanta Hawks surprisingly defeating the Miami Heat 98-85 on Saturday night, the New York Knicks have officially been eliminated from playoff contention.
At 11 games under .500, and with three games to play this season, the Knicks will now be playing for, well, nothing. It also marks the first time in Carmelo Anthony’s career in which he will not participate in the NBA postseason.
With their failure to qualify for the playoffs, the 2014 first-round pick that the Knicks traded to the Denver Nuggets for Carmelo Anthony will now be a lottery pick. Figures.
So, I guess, we can finally proclaim Denver the winners of the Melo trade?
Apart from the whole missing out on the playoffs thing and another potential lottery pick, there’s the whole impending Anthony free agency decision that will potentially shape or sink the Knicks’ immediate future.
Are the final three games of the season Anthony’s last with the franchise? Possibly. And if so, was Melo’s stint with the Knicks a failure? Possibly.
One playoff series victory is really all they have to show for it.
So, not only have the Knicks been eliminated from playoff contention, but they could also be seeing the end of an era in New York — the era of Anthony.
Will Carmelo Anthony move on? Possibly.
However, “should he move on” is probably the better question. And now that his Knicks didn’t make the playoffs, he’ll have a little extra time to think about that decision now that he’ll be sitting on his couch in late April and early May.