Eastern Notes: Heat, Sixers, Knicks

While the age-old adage says defense wins championships, such a statement may never hold more truth than it does for the Knicks, who are 15-1 when holding opponents to less than 90 points a game after destroying the Pistons Saturday evening at MSG. Let's take a look around the rest of the Eastern Conference to see what's going on.

  • Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel wonders if it is time for the Heat to pursue a veteran point guard if the team truly wants to make a deep run during the playoffs, especially considering Norris Cole's struggles in the backcourt.
  • By not making any major moves at the trade deadline, the Sixers showed they were content with their current roster but still need improved play out of Elton Brand if the team wants to make any noise come playoff time, writes John Mitchell of the Philadelphia Inquirer. The former Duke star is averaging 10.6 PPG and 7.3 RPG on the season, both of which are a result of Brand not being the focal point of the Sixers' offense as he was in the past.
  • The Knicks remain in the hunt for the Atlantic Division title after knocking off the Pistons Saturday evening. The ever-so competitive division has the Sixers leading the way with the Knicks only 3.5 games behind them.

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