Knicks make surprise playoff return, need work to come back in 2022

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New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) takes a 3-point shot in the first quarter against the Atlanta Hawks in Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Wednesday, June 2, 2021, in New York. (Wendell Cruz/Pool Photo via AP)

NEW YORK — Everyone was about to head home for the summer when a “Let’s go Knicks! Let’s go Knicks!” chant broke out at the end of Game 5 at Madison Square Garden.

After years of disappointing them, the New York Knicks had given their fans a team they couldn’t get enough of.

Now the Knicks will work on giving them one that can be a regular contender again.

A surprising first season under Tom Thibodeau ended Wednesday with a 4-1 loss in the first round to the Atlanta Hawks.

It was the Knicks’ first postseason appearance since 2013.

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