Amar'e: Making playoffs will 'be tough'

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The New York Knicks are watching Atlanta’s every move, whether it is in Mike Woodson’s office or from Amar’e Stoudemire’s bath tub.

The Knicks (33-45) are a game and a half behind the Hawks (34-43) and their chances of beating out Atlanta for the eighth seed are becoming slimmer.

“It is going to be tough,” Stoudemire said of the Knicks’ chances. “We put ourselves in this predicament which unfortunately we have to win every game at this point to get in.

“It has been a roller coaster year for us so far,” Stoudemire continued. “But to be optimistic, we got a chance to make the playoffs still. We just got to make sure we take care of business.”

Stoudemire said he watched the Hawks ruin a relaxing hot bath for him by crushing the Pacers, 107-88, on Sunday night.

“Yeah, saw the Atlanta-Indiana game, sitting in a long hot bath, just watching the game,” Stoudemire said. “They played well.”

After losing six straight, the Hawks have won three of their last five games. Atlanta owns the tiebreaker over the Knicks, who have dropped two straight. So Woodson’s team will have to finish one game better than Atlanta to make the playoffs.

Woodson has been watching the Hawks closely.

“Sure it’s hard because when it was 20 games you’re kind of locked into your own team, worrying about you're doing,” Woodson said. “But now you got to keep a close eye on what Atlanta’s doing now because everything is going to be triggered off of them and what we do the rest of the way. Sure we’re watching.”

The Hawks’ remaining games are against Boston, at Brooklyn, Miami, Charlotte and at Milwaukee.

The Knicks have four games remaining at Toronto, against Chicago, at Brooklyn and against Toronto.

“We still have a shot to make the playoffs,” Woodson said. “We are playing better basketball coming down this home stretch. But only time will tell.”