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Playoffs are learning experience

The Knicks have learned a lot about their revamped selves in the two months since trading for Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups. But there will be no greater barometer of where they stand and what they need than what happens over the course of a long postseason series (or several).

"When you're building a team, the playoffs is the best way to find out where are we," team president Donnie Walsh said. "Where are we really? Then, what you don't have, will show up."

Amar'e Stoudemire pretty much agreed, saying, "Any time you’re involved in the playoffs you get a chance to really assess a team. I think we have the tools right now to make something special happen.

"It’s not our job to see what we need and don’t need. I do think playoff experience helps a lot. We can use that as motivation for next season. But again, we’re still here in this season. Our goal is to win some playoff games and see if we can go on to the next round."

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