Tonight the Knicks’ attempt to take sole possession of the third-longest winning streak in Knicks history with a win over the Washington Wizards.
It is worth noting that the other Knicks’ team to have won 12 straight games, the 1993 Knicks, lost in the Eastern Conference Finals to a defending champion juggernaut from their own Conference. The teams ahead of the 1993 Knicks, though, the 1994 Knicks (who won 15 straight) and the 1970 Knicks (who won 18 straight) both made it into the NBA Finals (with the latter team winning it all). Therefore, it is clear that if the Knicks win tonight, they will have better odds to join those other two teams and making the NBA Finals. I know that sounds basically like a coincidence (except for the general “the better the team is, the more likely that they will win more games in a row” idea), but hey, you can’t argue with science!
So that means tonight is a very important game.
The Wizards have actually been playing reasonably well since John Wall has returned, but their recent goodness has almost entirely been at home. They’ve won their last three at home (including wins over Indiana and Chicago) but have lost their last two on the road (including losses to Toronto and KG-less Boston). So this should be a win for the Knicks.
Let’s go Knicks!