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Season’s Over! The Knicks Will Face the Heat

CHARLOTTE, NC - APRIL 26:  Tyrus Thomas #12 of the Charlotte Bobcats on the block against Amare Stoudemire #1 of the New York Knicks at the Time Warner Cable Arena on April 26, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  Mandatory Copyright Notice:  Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)

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.

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