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The Knicks have clinched a playoff berth for the first time since 2013


NBA: New York Knicks at Los Angeles Clippers Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

The day has finally come, friends.

The New York Knicks — our New York Knicks — have officially punched their ticket to the 2021 NBA Playoffs. Sure, it hurt that they missed their chance to clinch with a win Tuesday night in Los Angeles, but at least their playoff berth came at the chance of their old tormenter, the Boston Celtics.

The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Celtics on Wednesday night, 102-94. Boston can now finish no better than the seventh seed, which would give them a date with the play-in tournament. The Knicks can finish no worse than sixth, which means they are guaranteed a playoff series.

Don’t believe me? Just go to your favorite NBA standings page and check the little “x” next to the Knicks.

Some players took notice on social media, including Julius Randle.

The Knicks still have a bunch of work to do if they want to get that fourth seed — and the home-court advantage that goes with it — but for tonight let us celebrate. After eight long years, our guys are back in the playoffs.