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Knicks Coach Mike Woodson: ‘I Expect Us To Win’ Atlantic Division

Mike Woodson (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

Mike Woodson (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Knicks are a flat-out mess right now.

Their record is terrible, their injury woes are continuing and players are showing signs of frustration.

Yet despite all that, the 9-19 Knicks are just three games behind the Raptors for first place in the putrid Atlantic Division.

And with New York coming off a disastrous Christmas Day performance and Carmelo Anthony’s availability for this weekend unknown, head coach Mike Woodson still believes that his team will win the division for the second year in a row.

“We won it last year and I expect us to win it this year,” Woodson, thought by many to be sitting on the hot seat, said. “…Do I see some light at the end of the tunnel? I do.”

Tyson Chandler has missed the majority of the season, and point guards Raymond Felton and Pablo Prigioni are currently injured. Metta World Peace has also missed the last three games.

“Eventually we’ll get healthy and we’ll see how it all plays out,” Woodson said. “The beauty about all of this that we’re going through is nobody’s running away with it in our division and I’m pushing our team to win our division still.”

Amazingly, New York can get right back in the thick of it this weekend. The ‘Bockers have a golden opportunity with back-to-back games against Toronto, the first one on Friday night at Madison Square Garden and the second one on Saturday night at the Air Canada Centre.

Of course, if the Knicks continue to play like they have all season, they could also find themselves in a much deeper hole come next week.

The schedule will only get harder for the Knicks following this weekend’s home-and-home series, with four of the following five games coming against San Antonio, Houston, Dallas and Miami.

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