New York Knicks forward Metta World Peace believes his side can still make this season's playoffs.
The Eastern Conference franchise are currently two places outside the playoffs due to their topsy-turvy form this season.
Knicks head coach Mike Woodson is rumoured to be under severe pressure due to the Knicks' position in the Eastern Conference, however World Peace believes he is the man to turn around the side's fortunes.
World Peace had originally thought that the Knicks would challenge for the Championship this season - but is now just focused on helping his team make the playoffs.
“I didn’t picture this," World Peace told ESPN Radio. "I was very optimistic. A championship level team was on my mind. I still believe we have championship-level players.
“We are good enough to make the playoffs. I believe the team has what it takes. Sometimes you can start off on the wrong foot but it can end up well, and we still have the capabilities to win a championship. These players are more than capable.”
World Peace's teammate Tyson Chandler is also hopeful his side can make the playoffs but admitted it is essential his side bounce back by beating the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.
Chandler added: “Wednesday is very important. You don’t want to go into the All-Star break with a loss hanging over your head. I definitely think this team will make the playoffs.
“This has been an up-and-down season for us, but at this point we can’t control anything that has happened in the past. We have to focus on getting better and try to jump up into one of the playoff spots."
The Knicks go into the game on the back of a 112-110 defeat against the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, while the Sacramento Kings will also be looking to get a win under their belt after losing their last two games.
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