There was a brief moment, during the second half of the Knicks’ 103–90 home loss to the Bulls last night, that Mike D’Antoni pretended the game mattered. With a deficit down to the twelve, D’Antoni put Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups into the game for a quick run … then totally changed his mind and pulled them, because, you know, who cares? The No. 6 spot is already safe. Thus, a seven-game win streak ends, but neither Carmelo, nor Billups, nor Amar’e Stoudemire goes the way of Andrew Bynum, the Lakers’ center who hurt himself last night. So it was a dull night at the Garden, though Derrick Rose did his part to keep it lively. The Knicks have one game left in the regular season, tonight, against Boston, their playoff opponent. With every spot in the Eastern Conference set, both teams will be playing scrubs tonight, so tonight is a night for enthusiasts of Roger Mason and Andy Rautins. Take tonight off, watch the Rangers, and rest up: This business starts counting for real this weekend.
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