The Knicks Are In the Playoffs

April 20, 2012 12:00 AM

The Knicks Are In the Playoffs

" There were plenty of times this season when it didn't look like there was a chance the Knicks could make the playoffs.

Long losing streaks, miserable performances and a general air of dysfunction had the team feeling like a failed experiment of epic proportions as recently as last month. A coaching change and Carmelo Anthony's well-timed turn into as dominant a player as there is in the league changed that and it paid off with a confirmed ticket to the postseason on Thursday night.

The Bucks went down fighting, but they lost to the Pacers and that means the Knicks will be able to continue their season a little bit longer. The question now becomes who they will play when the regular season comes to an end.

With a one-game lead, plus a tiebreaker, over the Sixers, the most likely outcome remains the seventh seed. The Bulls hold a one-and-a-half game lead on the Heat even after losing to Miami on Thursday night, so that means the Heat will probably be the team waiting when all is said and done.

There's a glimmer of hope that it won't turn out that way, though "

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