The Knicks weren’t on Wednesday night, but they still turned out to be one of the day’s Eastern Conference biggest winners.
Due to the defeat of the Celtics between 102 and 94 against the Cavaliers, the Knicks got one of the six best seeds in the east. Boston were the only team that could have pushed the Knicks into the play-in tournament, but without Kemba Walker, Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown, it fell to a Cleveland team that had lost 11 games.
The trip to the playoffs is the first for the Knicks since the 2012/13 season, when they lost in the Eastern Conference semifinals. At the time, Mike Woodson was the coach, Carmelo Anthony was the team’s star player and top scorer, and the grid was rounded off by the likes of Tyson Chandler, Jason Kidd, Raymond Felton and Iman Shumpert.
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Needless to say, the playoff spot was a long time coming. The team celebrated the win accordingly on social media, with the Knicks themselves tweeting a simple message after losing the Celtics.
CODY, WE DID IT.
– NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) May 13, 2021
For those wondering, this is a reference to a 2014 NBA Christmas Day commercial that featured a kid named Cody who just wanted the Knicks to play the playoffs.
Finally, the Knicks were able to grant this wish.
Several other players took to Twitter to express their excitement for the postseason. This included star Julius Randle, who had a message for his opponents before the playoffs.
– Immanuel Jaylen Quickley (@IQ_GodSon) May 13, 2021
New York let’s go to the PLAYOFFS !!! 😁😁
– Theo Pinson (@tpinsonn) May 13, 2021
The Knicks are now waiting to see who their opponent is in the opening round. They are currently number 6 but can finish up to number 4 if they battle for their position with the Hawks and Heat.