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.