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Chandler: Knicks Have ‘Real Opportunity’ To Be No. 3 Seed In East

Tyson Chandler #6 of the New York Knicks does his ritual jump.  (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Tyson Chandler #6 of the New York Knicks does his ritual jump. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Knicks had their four-game winning streak snapped on Saturday night against the mighty Miami Heat at Madison Square Garden.

Heading into Monday night’s game against the lowly Bucks at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, New York is 19-28 and a game out of the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference. But in the abysmal East, the ‘Bockers are amazingly just six-and-a-half games behind the third-place Hawks.

So in other words, pretty much anything can happen over the final two-and-a-half months of the regular season. New York could find itself out of the playoffs, or it could be staring at home-court advantage in the postseason.

Center Tyson Chandler, for one, is confident that his team can climb up the standings.

“I’m very pleased with the way we’ve been playing of late,” the 2013 NBA All-Star said. “Obviously, we didn’t come in expecting to put ourselves in this situation, but I feel like it’s still wide open. I looked at the standings today and I feel like we’ve got a real opportunity to kind of shoot up to that third spot or so and try to get ourselves in the mix.”

The Knicks are six games behind the first-place Raptors in the Atlantic Division, and the Nets are in front of them. New York will play 21 of its final 35 games on the road.

“We lost some games that we thought we should have won, but that’s neither here nor there,” superstar forward Carmelo Anthony said. “I like the direction that we’re going in as far as our mentality, our focus. We’ve got to bounce back on Monday.”

According to the New York Post, general manager Steve Mills attempted to sign center Andrew Bynum, but he ultimately chose to join the Pacers.

After missing out on the big man, New York will reportedly continue to look for a backup center ahead of the February 20 trade deadline.

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