Blogtable: In The End, Knicks Or Nets?

Each week, we’ll ask our stable of scribes across the globe to weigh in on the three most important NBA topics of the day — and then give you a chance to step on the scale, too, in the comments below.

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Carmelo Anthony of the Knicks (Kent Smith/NBAE)

Carmelo Anthony of the Knicks (Kent Smith/NBAE)

If you had to pick just one to make the postseason: Knicks or Nets?

Steve Aschburner, NBA.comThe Knicks. Tyson Chandler is working his way back. Brooklyn’s Brook Lopez is done. Big difference. Mike Woodson vs. Jason Kidd. Big difference, too. Carmelo Anthony has a job market to firm up for himself heading into summer. And the Nets’ grand experiment already seems like a failure that a low seed won’t erase, undercutting more of the Brooklyn vets’ motivation.

Fran Blinebury, In a world of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. So count on Carmelo the Cyclops to raise the Knicks from the depths of the garbage heap that is Eastern Conference and any day now the New York media will be talking about their chances of winning The Finals.

Jeff Caplan, NBA.comGot to say the Knicks, but mostly because of what the Nets are lacking — as in their starting center and point guard. Obviously Brook Lopez is done for the season and Deron Williams‘ cranky ankles are again causing issues. This is very worrisome. The Knicks have ‘Melo and are getting bodies back. They’re turning it around now and if Tyson Chandler can ever stay on the floor with any consistency, they can really start to climb the standings in the woeful East.

Scott Howard-Cooper, NBA.comKnicks. I would have taken the Nets at full strength, but Brook Lopez is that much of a difference maker while picking the least of the worst. Tyson Chandler is back from illness, Carmelo Anthony will always score, the Knicks will hit some threes and Manhattan will finish ahead of Brooklyn.

Jason Terry, Joe Johnson (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE )

Jason Terry, Joe Johnson (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE )

John Schuhmann, These two teams have basically been within a game or two of each other all season. New York has a slightly easier schedule going forward, but Brooklyn has been the better defensive team as both have made a little run here in January. I’ll give the edge to the Nets because of the defense, because they should have a healthy Deron Williams coming back to give a boost to the offense, and because they’re a little deeper (with Andrei Kirilenko back in action). But really, it’s a toss-up.

Sekou Smith, NBA.comI hope they both make it, because I think the playoffs will be that much more compelling with both New York teams in the Eastern Conference mix. But if had to pick just one, the Knicks strike me as the team that would make things most interesting in a postseason scenario, regardless of the matchups. There is such a ridiculously high unpredictability factor with the Knicks (J.R. Smith, Amar’e Stoudemire, Iman Shumpert, etc.) that I really don’t want to experience the first round of the playoffs without Mike Woodson’s motley crew involved. Of course, it will help if they are reasonably healthy come April (Tyson Chandler in particular). We know the Nets aren’t going to get Brook Lopez back this season and the idea of watching them stretch Kevin Garnett to his limits in a first-round matchup against either the Indiana Pacers or the Miami Heat. Granted, we might end up seeing all four of these teams square off in some form or fashion, provided both the Knicks and Nets get off the canvass in time to battle for those final two spots in the Eastern Conference playoff chase.

Lang Whitaker, All Ball blog: As a New York City resident, it’s becoming increasingly clear to me that the Knicks are the New York-area team that will make the postseason. I say this for a few reasons, one of them being that Mike Woodson always seems to figure out a way to salvage a season or series. Also, with the Nets losing Brook Lopez for the season, their best low-post scoring threat is now AWOL, and that affects them more than I think some fans realize. But mostly, I think the Knicks will make the playoffs because of J.R. Smith. Oh, sure, he’s benched right now and out of the rotation, but something will click and he will figure out his role and return to the form he displayed last season, and will in turn help carry the Knicks to the posteason. Or something like that.

Aldo Aviñante, NBA Philippines: Brooklyn. They are too talented not to make a run at some point when they all lock-in and play like they are supposed to — and that’s even with the injury to Brook Lopez. New York is certainly up to par in terms of talent, but there are too many off-court distractions. Combine that with a lack of defensive-minded players and maturity issues from their players that can start a downward spiral for the team.

Simon Legg, NBA AustraliaProbably the Knicks. They seem to have improved their defense in 2014 and Melo is starting to look better as well. He’s become more of an active passer, which has led to others getting involved, particularly Iman Shumpert — who has been putting up some nice numbers. Back to their defense. In their last seven games their defensive rating has improved from 105.8 to 99.9, good enough for eighth in the league in that seven-game stretch. If they continue to defend this well, they have a better chance than the Nets.

 Jacopo Gerna, NBA Italia: I’m pretty sure both of New York’s teams will get to the playoffs. But if I have to pick just one, I’ll go with the Nets. Brook Lopez’s injury was a big blow. When he went down, they lost their best player. On the other hand, if D-Will (not the best version of D-Will ever, but a solid PG for sure) and Paul Pierce are going to stay healthy, the Eastern Conference level will allow Jason Kidd to reach his first playoffs as a coach.


  1. nba dude says:

    the nets are consistently getting better they are still learning to play together. granted its taking longer than anyone thought it would but you cant blame them with all the injuries. the knicks?? seriously?? what a horrible organization from top to bottom

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  3. Andrej B says:

    if we consider how weak the east cost is i think both teams will make it…i think knick are the better team this season even with their shoe lace bandit 😀

  4. vern says:

    As we read this, the Nets are up 20 playing the Hawks in England.

  5. vern says:

    I was saying the same thing as to how all those writers were so Nets are this and that but now that both teams are playing bad the majority of them are pro Knicks . Seems like they jump on and off the band wagon just like the fans. I hope they both make the playoffs. Once you’re in anything can happen. In the end it might be the injuries that decide who’s who.

  6. FACE THE FACTS says:

    It’s nice to see all those clever writers who crowned the Nets a few months ago, are going for the Knicks now. Money cant buy championships.

  7. noah says:

    I’ll go with the Knicks!!!

  8. Frankie D says:

    If you have to think about this one you do not know basketball then you are judging with your heart and not your head. If there are no injuries plagueing the Nets then they are clearly the better team.

  9. Frankie D says:

    This is not even close. Carmelo is one of my favorite current players but LOL the NETS are the clearly better team. Just look at their roster ( Garnett, Pierce, Johnson, and oh that point guard who could be one of the best in the NBA whenever he FEELS like it. The knicks are all Melo and thats it he has no help and Chandler is aging and hurt and he never was an offensive scorer so its a no brainer NETS.

  10. Gorgon says:

    The fact that is even a debate with Brook Lopez out for the season has to be really sad for Knicks fans.

  11. dustydreamnz says:

    Man this is tough, I’m leaning towards the Nets only because there play is slightly more consistent and they’re doing it without D-Will. I think both teams will make it though.

  12. Very tough question. I would like to say the Knicks but I’m going with the Nets.

    Despite having a rookie coach I give them a better chance to make the postseason and getting something done in it!
    Getting there is 1…..but if you are not able to make a difference ……YOU SHOULD NOT BE THERE! (remember the Lakers last season and the Jazz 2 seasons ago).

    Ok they will miss Brooke but did they not beat the Heat without Brooke? And KG & PP are veterans but with JJ, Blatche, Kirilenko & Anderson this squad has more to offer compared to the Knicks (who depend too much on Melo).

    Nets are able to get wins in the postseason….Knicks …..hmmm I doubt it. Hope both teams do reach it and we get second round matchups between Pacers – Knick & Heat – Nets.

    I have a dream 🙂

  13. theholyspectator says:

    if those teams can both get healthy, they can make the playoffs…east after the 4th spot is wide open

  14. J-100 says:

    Why are they talking about these two teams reaching for the last TWO playoff spots? East is still wide open and both of these teams have a chance of making it all the way to the top-4 in the conference. We will see both New York teams in the playoffs and they will not be the last two teams to make it either.

  15. LBJKIN6JAMES says:

    Knicks aren’t going anywhere … they are not consistent, they are not a playoff team this year. Whoever they play they will be swept in the first round