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There were no streamers this time. No champagne. Not much celebration. And, no, there won't be a banner. More:
The Knicks clinched their first Atlantic Division title in 19 years and did so with little fan fare. This was a goal the team set at the start of the season and, despite being overlooked by many (in fact, not one of the 35 ESPN.com NBA writers picked them to win the division), and they believed they would do it.
"It's one little step," said Jason Kidd, who won his sixth division title. "One building block. We still got a long ways to go."
This was something for the long-suffering fans to savor: a first place finish for the first time in almost two decades. But unless the Knicks reach the NBA Finals, there will be no evidence of it hanging from the rafters at Madison Square Garden.
This is the fifth time the Knicks have won the Atlantic since divisional play began in 1970-71. The years the Knicks won are 70-71, 88-89, 92-93, 93-94 and this season.
While the Garden's NHL tenant, the Rangers, hang banners for their division titles, the Knicks do not. They only have eight banners hanging alongside the retired numbers. Those eight banners represent the eight times the team advanced to the NBA Finals.
There are three banners that say "Eastern Division Champions," which does not represent the team's regular season finish but instead it represents winning the divisional playoff series that led to their NBA Finals appearances in 1951, '52 and '53.
Do you think the Knicks should include banners from the seasons they finished first in their division?