The Knicks beat the Bobcats last night in a game that they sort of didn't want to win but went ahead and did anyway. (It wouldn't have mattered anyway because the 76ers were even more efficient tankers in a loss to Detroit, securing the eighth seed.) The game wasn't particularly noteworthy — the Anthony/Chandler/Davis contingent all took the night off! Jerome Jordan scored 13 points! Jorts went 18 points/9 rebounds! — and it, honestly, was a pleasant little respite/cap on this crazy season before true madness sets in tomorrow. And it is tomorrow: The playoffs start tomorrow.
The Knicks' final record: 36–30, their best winning percentage since 2000–01, the last year they won a playoff game, by the way. We're gonna do a big Heat-Knicks playoff preview later today, but for now, let's sit back and reflect on a successful season and a roster that looks better, frankly, than one with a No. 7 seed and playing the most scary team in the NBA.
You don't have much time to reflect, though: In about 27 hours, the playoffs start. Here's the official Knicks-Heat schedule:
Game 1: Saturday, at Miami, 3:30 p.m. (ABC)
Game 2: Monday, at Miami, 7 p.m. (TNT)
Game 3: Thursday, at New York, 7 p.m. (TNT)
Game 4: Sunday, May 6, at New York, 3:30 p.m. (ABC)
Game 5 (if necessary): Wednesday, May 9, at Miami , TBD
Game 6 (if necessary): Friday, May 11, at New York, TBD
Game 7 (if necessary): Sunday, May 13, at Miami, TBD
So put all that in your planners, clear out the next week, and get ready: A pretty batty playoff series is about to begin. Everybody got a night off last night. Now it begins.