D'Antoni: Knicks going all-out on Tuesday

April, 12, 2011
4/12/11
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NEW YORK -- Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni said before Tuesday night's game against the Chicago Bulls that his team will be going full-bore for the win, even though they are already locked into the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

"Today's a big game for us," D'Antoni said. "We want to play well, and keep it going."

Both teams enter on seven-game winning streaks. The Bulls do have one thing left to play for -- they are a game behind the San Antonio Spurs for home-court advantage throughout the entire playoffs. Also, the Knicks have won both previous meetings between the two teams this season. The Knicks (42-38) are the only team in the NBA the Bulls (60-20) have not defeated this season.

The Knicks will be without Amare Stoudemire, however, who will sit out his third straight game because of a sprainked left ankle.

"I just think it makes sense to try to win tonight and play a good game against a really good team," D'Antoni said. "And then worry about tomorrow."

The Knicks will play their regular-season finale on Wednesday night in Boston versus the Celtics, who will also be their opponent in the first round of the playoffs.
Kieran Darcy is an ESPNNewYork.com staff writer. He joined ESPN in August 2000 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where he played four years of JV basketball.
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