Knicks clinch at least an NBA play-in spot after Raptors loss

Even if the Knicks lose their final nine games, they are assured of playing in “postseason” games.

Even if the Knicks lose their final nine games, they are assured of playing in “postseason” games.

Toronto’s loss Saturday has clinched the Knicks at least a spot in the play-in tournament between the Nos. 7 and 10 seeds.

Assured of a top-10 finish in the East, the Knicks (35-28) begin their six-game road trip Sunday in Houston. Winners of 10 of 11 games, the Knicks are in fourth place – one game ahead of fifth-place Atlanta and 1 ½ games ahead of sixth-place Boston.

The Knicks are hoping to avoid the play-in event that features the seventh-seeded team vs. the eighth-seeded team and the No. 9 seed facing the No. 10 seed. The winner of the 7 vs. 8 game automatically makes the playoffs. The loser faces the winner of the 9 vs. 10 game for the final spot.

The Knicks are guaranteed to at least be in the NBA play-in tournament.
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If the Knicks crap out in the play-in event, they are back in the lottery – their playoff drought extending to eight seasons.

This story originally appeared on: NyPost - Author:Marc Berman

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