Carroll's Keys: Knicks-Hawks 

April, 21, 2012
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By John Carroll | Scouts Inc.

The New York Knicks have three games left in the regular season. They play the Atlanta Hawks followed by back to back games with the LA Clippers and the Charlotte Bobcats. The Knicks are a half game ahead of the Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern Conference and will play either the Miami Heat or Chicago Bulls in the first round of the NBA Playoffs starting next weekend.

The Atlanta Hawks are currently in the fifth position in the Eastern Conference and are slotted to play the Boston Celtics when the playoffs begin next week. The Hawks and head coach Larry Drew deserve a lot of credit for making the playoffs this season after losing their All-Star forward Al Horford after the first 11 games of the season. Josh Smith and Joe Johnson have combined for 36.5 points per game this season to lead the Hawks to a 38-25 record.

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