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Sleep Tight, Sweet Knicks

The Knicks wrapped up their 2009–10 season — final record: 29–53, their third season with less than 30 wins in the last six years — last night with a defenseless 131–113 loss to the Toronto Raptors. We mean defenseless pretty much literally. The Raptors shot 70 percent in the first half. As Posting and Toasting pointed out, they probably did worse in the layup line.

Once again, the best player for the Knicks seemed to be Bill Walker, who poured in a career-high 28 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Maybe he'll be a Knick next year, and maybe he won't. We've been through all that. Nobody knows anything.

After the game, coach Mike D'Antoni admitted that he'll be watching more tape of free agents than he will games in the actual playoffs, which begin Sunday. Good. (A tip, coach: You'll discover that LeBron is quite good.) The next Knicks game, with actual Knicks players, whoever they are, will be October 3, in Milan. Who will be on that team? That's the only question that matters. Free agency begins July 1. It's going to be a long two and a half months. But not as long as the season was.

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