Even Enes Kanter, who has consistently said the Knicks would make the playoffs, can't look at the standings anymore.
"It's tough. We are in the 11th spot right now. I'm probably going to stop looking at it because it would just me to see us not in the top eight," he told The Post's Fred Kerber. "So I'm going to just stop looking."
The Knicks continue to falter as the season winds down, and with Kristaps Porzingis out for the season, it looks as if New York may have to focus on next season. They were dominated by the Raptors on the road Thursday, and if that what life is going to be like without Porzingis, the Knicks have a long road ahead.
However, Kanter still has a sliver of hope left.
"It's never impossible," he said. "First of all, we are the team that's not going to back down. It's not going to be like, 'Oh, we're on vacation now.' We're just going to keep playing hard."
Kanter has reached out to Porzingis, who has his ACL surgery set for this Tuesday. The teammates talked on FaceTime for an hour-and-a-half, and though Kanter hated seeing him in that state, he tried to stay as positive as possible.
"He's of course really sad because he wanted to be out there so bad with us. But at the same time he's staying really positive, like, 'Man I just want to get my surgery done early so I can just start getting my rehab and I can come back and play,'" Kanter said. "All these thoughts were going through my mind, like, 'It was going to be his first All-Star Game, a big summer for him.'
"He's my brother. I'm always going to try to be with him and always give him positive energy. I think he's going to come back even stronger because he's really hungry."
Kanter, himself, continues to play through a minor injury as the laceration in his lip keeps coming undone. He has already need four separate procedures and 40 stitches to keep it closed. He, of course, intends to play on Sunday when the Knicks travel to Indiana to face the 31-25 Pacers.