There’s always a lot going on, in the regular season but nothing compares to playoff time. The thrill of making your league’s “Big Dance”, while also possibly securing higher seeds and home court advantage turns remaining regular season games into Game Seven’s. This was a reality of the Westchester Knicks (29-21), as they went through the final weeks of their season, with every intention to have the best set up possible come playoff time.
But when it was all said and done, the W-Knicks did just enough to finish inside the top three of the Eastern Conference. As the newly crowned third seed won a couple of critical games in recent weeks, their opposition (most notably the Raptors 905 and Grand Rapids Drive) were no longer in position to overtake the W-Knicks in the playoff standings. And that’s huge after seeing how this team finished the regular season.
After winning six out of seven games between February 20th and March 10th, the W-Knicks actually went 1-3 to close it out. Although their performances against the likes of Delaware, Long Island, and Erie were spirited and featured some of the elements which turned them into a playoff team, it wasn’t enough as their defense was lacking and offensive play-making didn’t happen so frequently.
In their only win from these last two weeks, a 105-94 victory against Maine last Thursday night, the W-Knicks received huge contributions from Jameel Warney and two-way player Luke Kornet, as they combined for 46 points and 16 rebounds. And it also didn’t hurt, when the W-Knicks’s nightly occurrence of various players scoring double-digit points continued. Between their final two games, they had 12 players accomplish the feat.
Up next for the Westchester Knicks is their opening round match-up of this year’s G-League Playoffs, as they’ll host the sixth seeded Windy City Bulls on Wednesday, March 27th.