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P&T TankWatch (1/7/2019): Knicks drop to 4th place in the tank standings

Start winning, other crappy teams!

NBA: New Orleans Pelicans at Cleveland Cavaliers Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

As the year 2019 dawned, it was easy to feel a sense of optimism if you were a Knicks fan and a tank enthusiast. New York’s losing streak hit eight games on New Year’s Day, and they were tied for second in the overall tank rankings. The Knicks were playing like the worst team in the league, and it appeared to be only a matter of time until the Knicks took their rightful place on the road to Zion (Williamson).

Fast-forward a few days, and things no longer look as peachy. Take a look at the standings as of the end of play on Jan. 6:

The Cleveland Cavaliers remain the (spoiled) cream of the crop after a 35-point loss to the Pelicans Saturday night. They’ve lost their last five home games, all by at least 20 points. Now that’s losing!

The Phoenix Suns flickered to life for a few games when Devin Booker returned from injury, but have now lost six in a row following Sunday night’s home loss to the Charlotte Hornets. If they can’t beat the Hornets at home, Phoenix won’t stand much of a chance against the rugged Western Conference.

The Chicago Bulls pulled a half-game ahead of the Knicks thanks to a 117-100 loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday. Way to NOT help out your city, Nets!

The only good news at the moment is the play of the Altanta Hawks, who are 6-4 over their last 10 games thanks to a big win over the Miami Heat. Keep it up, ATL!

We’ll continue to keep you informed on the Knicks’ biggest tank foes. Praise be to the lottery gods.