Knicks and Julius Randle celebrate their first franchise trip since 2013
The Knicks didn’t start on Wednesday night, but he still became one of the biggest winners of the Eastern Conference of the day.
With the Celtics losing 102-94 to the Cavaliers, the Knicks got one of the top six seeds in the East. Boston was the only team that could push the Knicks to the play-in tournament, but without Kemba Walker, Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown, it was left in the hands of a Cleveland team that was losing 11 games.
The trip to the playoffs is the first for the Knicks since they lost in the 2012-13 Eastern Conference semifinals. At the time, Mike Woodson was the coach, Carmelo Anthony was the star player and top scorer for the team, and the starting lineup was made up of players like Tyson Chandler, Jason Kidd, Raymond Felton and Iman Shumpert.
Needless to say, the playoffs came a long time ago. The team celebrated the victory on social media as Knick tweeted a simple message to themselves after the Celtics ’loss.
CODY, WE DID IT.
– NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) May 13, 2021
For those wondering, it’s a reference to a 2014 NBA Christmas Day ad that featured a kid named Cody who just wanted Knicks to make the playoffs.
Eventually, Knick was able to give that wish.
Several other players took to Twitter to express their joy at the end of the post season. Inside that was star Julius Randle, who had a message for opponents before the playoffs.
– Immanuel Jaylen Quickley (@IQ_GodSon) May 13, 2021
Let’s go to New York for PLAYOFFS !!! 😁😁
– Theo Pinson (@tpinsonn) May 13, 2021
The Knicks will now wait to see who their opponent is in the opening round. They are currently No. 6, but can finish 4th with the Hawks and Heat team.