The New York Knicks and Oklahoma City Thunder are both positioning themselves for playoff runs. The Knicks are in second place in the Eastern Conference standings, but only by a half game. The Indiana Pacers are right on the heels of New York, who looked like world beaters a few weeks into the season.
The Oklahoma City Thunder, coming off a Western Conference Championship, was expected to be the team to beat heading into the 201-2013 season. OKC also finds themselves in second place in their conference, behind a savvy and veteran team in San Antonio. The Thunder currently hold a 1 1/2 game lead over The Clippers.
With a few months left in the regular season, both of these teams need to finish strong. While New York has a slim chance of climbing back into the number one slot in the East, Oklahoma City can still catch San Antonio. The Thunder are only three games back, and have both youth and talent on their side. When it comes to the Knicks, they want to hold on to the number two seed in the East. If the season ended today, New York would face Boston in the first round.
While Boston has struggled this season, future Hall of Famers Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett are playing great basketball, and could be a dangerous matchup for New York.
Tonight we bring a live thread of the New York Knicks and Oklahoma City Thunder, giving you score updates and opinions on the game. Tip off is at 8pm EST and 7 CST. John Ackeren will be at the controls of our twitter account.