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New York Knicks fans were disappointed to be eliminated from the NBA playoffs by the Atlanta Hawks, but they still showed appreciation for a bright season.
On Wednesday night, the Hawks finished off the Knicks at Madison Square Garden with a 103-89 victory in Game 5.
Trae Young was just too much for New York in the end.
Despite the disappointment of a first-round exit, Knicks Twitter was largely positive when they reflected back on the surprising 2020-21 season.
Knicks fans came away from the playoff exit feeling grateful
After the loss, fans wanted to acknowledge what had been an exciting season.
Ben Stiller kept his message of support short and sweet.
Realistically, New York did far more than fans could have hoped before the season.
Julius Randle deserves much of the credit for that despite a muted postseason.
Sam Vecenie of The Athletic gave the team credit for bringing the fun while outpacing expectations.
That’s not to say everyone was having fun. Some fans are really, really excited to not have to watch Elfrid Payton play basketball anymore.
The Knicks will now regroup and look ahead to next season. Expectations will be higher than before, knowing Randle has true All-Star ability.
Of course, a ton of decisions will need to be made on the personnel front. Derrick Rose, Alec Burks, Reggie Bullock, Taj Gibson and Nerlens Noel are among the players set to become free agents.
For now, New York fans can sit back and enjoy the rest of the playoffs while appreciating the ride they got in 2021.