Although a lot of media attention has been focused on the Knicks and their five game winning streak, there is another team threatening to move up the Eastern Conference ladder, the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Bucks were in the headlines recently due to a mini blockbuster trade that sent Golden State Warriors' combo guard Monta Ellis and center Ekpe Udoh to Milwaukee in exchange for small forward Stephen Jackson and former first overall pick, center Andrew Bogut.
Bogut has been out indefinitely with an injury, Drew Gooden has filled in nicely for the injured Aussie, averaging just under 15 points and seven rebounds per game.
By adding the explosive Ellis to the roster, the Bucks now have a high-powered scoring backcourt by pairing him with point guard Brandon Jennings.
The winners of six straight, the Bucks have enjoyed solid contributions from their three spot. Mike Dunleavy and Carlos Delfino have made the time share at small forward an asset for coach Scott Skiles.
Ersan Ilyasova has emerged at the power forward position, putting up multiple double-double efforts during the Bucks rise out of mediocrity.
Just one game behind the surging Knicks, and the eighth and final playoff spot, the Bucks match up well against a team like the Bulls were they to face them in the first round, especially if injury continues to plague the Bulls' backcourt.
With 21 games left, the Bucks have enough time to make a drastic leap in the standings should they continue their winning ways. It's only a matter of time before their emergence draws national media attention.