One day removed from the trade deadline and both New York teams find themselves in the midst of a battle for playoff positioning. The Knicks seem poised to finish with top three seed while the Nets' future remains uncertain given the unsteady play of the roster. Here's a look at the latest news and notes from Manhattan to Brooklyn.
- Knicks GM Glen Grunwald says that teams have adjusted to the Knicks offense over the course of the season, which is a major reason why New York has cooled off in recent weeks after a strong start, writes Marc Raimondi of the New York Post. “If we start to play like we did the beginning of the year offensively and the way we did defensively last year, we have the ability to compete for a champ,” Grunwald said.
- Jared Zwerling of ESPN.com points out eight changes the Knicks need to make on both sides of the ball if they want to continue to chase the Heat for the top seed in the Eastern Conference. Zwerling considers preventing transition as a major factor for future success as the team continues to get beat getting back to the basket.
- Nets GM Billy King denies having a conversation with team owner Mikhail Prokhorov on Brooklyn reaching the conference finals as the goal for the season, writes Brian Mahoney of the Associated Press (via Twitter). King believes the media is responsible for constructing the rumor.