Knicks Still Here And Headed To The Playoffs!!!
Last night when the Boston Celtics lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers 102-94 the New York Knicks locked up no worse than the 6th see in the Eastern Conference playoffs. No play in games and no saying "there's always next year" before the regular season even ends. For the first time since 2013 when the #2 seed Knicks beat the Celtics in the first round of the NBA Playoffs before the Indiana Pacers sent them packing in the Conference semi-finals, the Knicks are in the postseason!
This is the first time I will ever be able to talk about the Knicks in the postseason on my own sports talk show. The first version of this show signed on as "Armen and Levack" on April 1st, 2014. The Knicks lost to the Pacers on May 18th, 2013. I just celebrated seven years of doing this show and this will be the first time the Knicks are more than just an angry rant from me in April and May. It stung a little when I saw in the New York Post that This is Julius Randle's first playoff appearance and that head coach Tom Thibodeau has broken longer streaks like the Minnesota Timberwolves 14 year playoff drought in 2017-2018. I couldn't help but relive all the sadness myself and other Knicks fans have felt over the last eight years, but then I remembered "NEW YORK, WE HERE!" and started to smile all over again.
If the season were to end today the Knicks would be the 6 seed and face the 3 seed, Milwaukee Bucks. This isn't a great matchup but it's a postseason matchup and I'll gladly take it!
Randle's Tweet a continuation of the iconic moment when after scoring 40 points in an overtime victory over the Atlanta Hawks he capped off his post-game interview by saying "New York, WE HERE!"
Now that the Knicks are going back to the postseason for the first time in seven years maybe Randle needs to start saying "New York, we STILL here!" I have no idea where this run will end but I'm loving every moment of it while it lasts.