The New York Liberty were eliminated from playoff contention on Saturday night at the Garden after a 101-94 defeat at the hands of the Phoenix Mercury. It was a rough way to go out for the Liberty, who finished first in the Eastern Conference, but fell victim to the WNBA’s new one-game playoff format.
As always, it’s nice when members of the Knicks show support to their MSG sisters. Jerian Grant and Langston Galloway were the biggest Liberty backers on the team last summer, so somebody needed to pick up the slack. On Saturday it was new arrivals Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Willy Hernangomez:
It’s nice to see the young Euros stepping up. Hopefully the Liberty can find new Knicks to take Willy and Mindy’s places when they are inevitably traded next summer.
Of course, the organization brought out the old timers. There was John Starks ...
.@nyknicks legend @StarksTheDunk is showing his @nyliberty pride tonight at @TheGarden! #WNBAPlayoffs #ShowUp pic.twitter.com/UrlSpIEXVB— New York Liberty (@nyliberty) September 25, 2016
... Allan Houston ...
Another @nyknicks legend in the house! Thanks for the support @ALLAN_HOUSTON! #ShowUp #WNBAPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/B9dp3tJfcr— New York Liberty (@nyliberty) September 25, 2016
... and perhaps the greatest Knick of all time: Vin Baker!
Former NBA player, Vin Baker on hand to watch @nyliberty/ @PhoenixMercury. #WNBAPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/cpUdkejH2H— WNBA (@WNBA) September 24, 2016
The 2016 season may not have ended the way they wanted it to, but props to the Liberty for a tremendous campaign. And a special shout-out to Swin Cash, who played the final game of her excellent career.