If Linsanity never happened, do you guys think that the Knicks' would've still made the playoffs? or

realize Novak was a good shooter
no more booing of Jared Jefferies
allowed shump to shine even more
revitalized the Knicks
Made Melo and Stat believe they could win

Would you guys still be as optimisitic with the Knicks if none of that had happened? Assuming they continued to lose and didn't make the playoffs. Would you give the excuse of "They need the next season to gel" or "The season was too short"