NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Their season is over, and yet the Knicks are still finding ways to lose.
The team lost a pingpong-ball tiebreaker to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday to decide the sixth and seventh seeds in the NBA Draft lottery.
The Knicks and Timberwolves will have the same number of pingpong balls in the May 16 lottery — each team has an 18.2 percent of chance of landing a top-three selection and a 5.3 percent shot at the top pick.
Where Tuesday’s tiebreaker comes into play is in the likely event the Knicks don’t score a top-three pick. By not winning the tiebreaker, they have no chance at the sixth pick — it would have been 43.9 percent had they won. New York now has a 57.2 percent of ending up with the seventh pick, a 22.6 percent chance at the eight pick, a 1.8 percent shot at the ninth and a less than 0.1 percent chance of picking 10th.
The tiebreaker was needed after the Knicks beat the 76ers 114-113 in their season finale while the Timberwolves lost 123-118 to the Rockets in their last game.