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New York Knicks fans have not had a good decade. The team hasn’t won a playoff game since 2001, when they took two games from the Toronto Raptors before being dispatched in the first round. (Yes, there was a time when the Raptors were good, and known for more than a neat floor-paint scheme.) In the years since, most of which were spent under the memorable stewardship of Isiah Thomas (at least until 2008), they missed the playoffs eight times and posted their two worst seasons ever. They made the playoffs just twice, in 2004 and 2011, and were swept out each time.

The agony continued on Saturday, the first day of the N.B.A. Playoffs, with a 100-67 demolition job by the Miami Heat. My favorite statistic of the game: the Knicks attempted eleven free throws. Miami: thirty-three. This team is supposed to be good, so, for many, Saturday felt like a new low.

If you’re going to lose, lose very badly—say, by twenty points or more. There was no hope for the Knicks on Saturday, plain and simple. Now we can move on to Game Two. While most of the East Coast was on its way to bed last night, fans of the Memphis Grizzlies had to watch their team blow a twenty-seven-point lead to the Los Angeles Clippers. In Memphis.

Yes, a Knicks player did tear his A.C.L. on Saturday: Iman Shumpert. But the big knee injury of the weekend afflicted Derrick Rose, point guard for the Chicago Bulls and one of the game’s best players. He tore his A.C.L. on Saturday in a game against the Philadelphia 76ers. He’ll miss the rest of the playoffs, the Summer Olympics, and some portion of next season.

Last night, Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo bumped an official while arguing a call. Whether or not it was intentional is debatable, but he got tossed, and it blew the Celtics’ shot at winning. The N.B.A. is now deciding whether to suspend him.

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