Even though the New York Knicks did not play a game Thursday night, they still managed to clinch a playoff berth.
While other matchups are mathematically possible, they are statistically unlikely. Whether the Knicks or the Sixers finish with the seventh seed will be decided over the next few days, and it's very likely that the Bulls will finish in first place and the Heat in second.
Bulls or Heat, whichever team the Knicks draw, it doesn't matter. They are hungrier for these playoffs than any Knicks team has been in over a decade.
As any die-hard fan can tell you, the New York Knicks have had an up and down season—after a mostly down decade down decade—to put it mildly.
Let's take a look back at the roller coaster ride to help appreciate the preciousness of their current situation before looking forward to the 2012 playoffs.