Cavs get no assistance from Hawks, Knicks
The Cavaliers need some help if they’re going to make the playoffs, and Monday night, they got the opposite.
So thanks for nothing, Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks, both of whom added notches in the win column. The Hawks overcame a 10-point deficit at halftime to defeat Philadelphia at home. A few hours later, the Knicks plodded to a victory at Utah.
The Cavs, of course, were off and don’t play again until Wednesday (at Orlando).
As it stands, the Hawks hold the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with a record of 32-41. The Knicks (32-43) are one game behind, and the Cavs (30-45) are two out with seven to go.
The Hawks and Knicks also currently own the tiebreaker vs. the Cavs. The Hawks and Cavs meet Friday in Atlanta — but the Hawks already won the first two games, meaning they’ve won the season series. Meanwhile, the Knicks and Cavs split their four-game series. But the Knicks own the tiebreaker by virtue of compiling more wins in the East. So far, anyway.
The Hawks host Chicago on Wednesday and, again, the Cavs on Friday. The Knicks host Brooklyn on Wednesday and Washington on Friday.
Basically, the Cavs can probably afford to lose once more — at most. Because right now, neither the Hawks nor the Knicks seem willing to do their part.