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How a championship ring was a fitting last impression

A few observations from the Knicks' season finale in Toronto, which ended with a 131-113 loss to the Raptors to finish the season (29-53) with a second straight 50-loss effort and the third season in which the team failed to reach the 30-win mark in the last five.

* - Eddie House didn't play in the game, but he was active and in uniform. And along with his Knicks jersey, shorts, high socks and trademark headband, House, incredibly, included his 2008 championship ring won with the Boston Celtics. During one timeout in the third quarter, House even held the ring up for the fans behind the Knicks bench to see. He even took it off and handed it to a longtime Raptors fan who sits next to the visiting team's bench at Air Canda Center.

The Raptors might have reason to be upset with the Cavaliers for sitting LeBron James against the Bulls last week in a game that had major playoff implications (and arguably cost Toronto a berth). But Chicago could contend that the Raps did have the Knicks in their final game, which is almost like playing an entire team of players who were sitting it out.

* - Danilo Gallinari's proudest accomplishment was that he made it through all 82 games without any issues with his back. Gallinari appeared in 81 of the 82 games -- he missed one with a forearm injury suffered against the Magic in December -- and averaged 14.8 points per game. "After the [back] surgery, I wasn't sure if I was ready to play all 82 games and I did it," he said. "Ther were ups and down this season, but with my body I'm happy because I played 82 games."

* - The Raptors handed out placards to the fans at Air Canda Centre that read "WE WANT MORE" on the front and "CB4" on the back. It was an obvious reference to re-signing Chris Bosh, but the effort didn't have the desired impact on the home fans. When Bosh was shown on the scoreboard, there was a loud applause. But as the pep squad tried to encourage a chant of "We Want More CB4", the audience gave a half-hearted attempt and then bailed on it rather quickly. It says a lot about the faith these people have in Bosh re-signing with the Raptors. It seems almost a certainty that they will look to explore sign-and-trade options so that, at the very least, they don't lose their all-star forward for nothing.

* - The Knicks finished tied with Clippers for 8th worst record but win the tiebreaker over Clippers. So the Jazz will get 9th pick.

* - Donnie Walsh and Mike D'Antoni will address the media one last time Thursday afternoon at the MSG Center. No, they still aren't allowed to talk about LeBron James.

 

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