Thank you, the Boston Celtics.
The eight-year Drought of the Knicks playoffs ended Wednesday night without going out on the court.
Courtesy of their longtime rival, the Celtics, who lost to Cleveland, 102-94.
That brought the Knicks’ magic to zero, finishing in the top 6 in the Eastern Conference, taking away the horror of their crushing loss to the Lakers in overtime on Tuesday.
“Check it out from the list,” Knicks star Julian Randall said after Boston star. “We are not close to what is done.”
The Knicks suffered for seven consecutive seasons as a lottery club, but Tom Thibodeau changed the culture in his first year as head coach. He brought continuity, defense and ball sharing to get them into the playoffs for the first time since 2013, when they were knocked out in the second round by Indiana.
Knicks (38-31) still have something to play for, as they are fighting for fourth place and the home court advantage in the first round. But they will have nothing to do with the new NBA tournament to reach the Big Dance and will have almost a week off after the regular season finale on Sunday against Boston.
The Knicks will end the regular season with three games in the garden against San Antonio, Charlotte and Boston. And then it’s about bigger things.