A’mare Stoudemire emphatically told the New York media that the Knicks were back last summer. Stoudemire backed that statement up last night when the Knicks locked up a playoff berth last night for the first time in eight years. The Knick 123-107 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers (who they beat for the first time) coupled with a Charlotte Bobcat loss put the Knicks back in post-season play.

Melo and Stat on Sesame Street

The Stephon Marbury-led Knicks were swept in the 2004 playoffs by the New Jersey Nets. The Knicks haven’t won a playoff game in over a decade. The Knicks are currently one-game in the loss column behind the Philadelphia 76ers for sixth place in the Eastern Conference. Regardless of their seeding, the Knicks will face either the Miami Heat or Boston Celtics in the first round.