The Knicks may be closer to the playoffs than you think.
According to Marc Berman of The New York Post, among the possible scenarios to resume the season includes one that could give teams at the bottom of the standings, like the Knicks, a chance to reach the playoffs.
The plan would include expanding the playoffs and having all the teams that are not yet mathematically eliminated from the playoffs – like the Knicks – compete in a play-in tournament in July to qualify for the expanded playoffs.
Teams ranked nine through 12 in each conference would stage a four-team single-elimination tournament, with the winner of the tournament getting a chance to play for the No. 8 seed in the playoffs.
The Knicks are currently 12th in the Eastern Conference at 21-45.
This format would give teams bound for the lottery some incentive to return to play this season instead of diving straight into the playoffs.
The NBA was the first professional sports league in the U.S. to suspend its season after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19.
Commissioner Adam Silver and the owners are still exploring different ways to save the season, which would most likely be played without fans.
Silver recently said he would like to keep the playoffs at best-of-seven series for each round, but they would like be held at two neutral sites.