Since staring at the schedule isn’t making the 2013-14 season get any closer, TOK is breaking down the New York Knicks’ games by division . We continue with the Southeast Division.
Last Year: The Knicks won 3 out of 4 over the Champs, including two 20 point victories.
This Year: Home – January 9th (TNT), February 1st (ESPN), Away – February 27th (TNT), April 6th (ABC)
What To Expect: PRIMETIME BASKETBALL! All four of the Knicks/Heat games are being broadcast to a national audience. Last year, the Knicks had two of their most impressive wins of the season over the eventual champs, including a 20 point blowout without the aid of Carmelo Anthony. We don’t get to see Miami until 2014 on the schedule but these games are always fun and a nice litmus test for where the Knicks are at throughout the season.
Last Year: The Knicks swept the Hawks, including a win in the season finale when Earl Barron grabbed 18 rebounds. EARL-SANITY!
This Year: Home – November 16th, December 14th, Away – November 13th (ESPN), February 22nd (NBATV)
What To Expect: The Knicks have matched-up well against Mike Woodson’s former team, however they received a little bit of a facelift this off-season. Out with Josh Smith. In with Paul Millsap and Elton Brand. They’ll also get Lou Williams back from injury and added Dennis Schroeder in the draft. The Hawks should be right back in the mix for a playoff spot again and should be boringly knocked out in the first round…again.
Last Year: The Knicks won 3 out of 4, including two 20+ point victories.
This Year: Home – December 16th, April 4th, Away – November 23rd
What To Expect: The Wizards are a popular pick to be a playoff team this season because of how well they played once John Wall back healthy. It is probably never wise to get too excited about this franchise’s chances but on paper, they should be a .500 type team who is in the mix for a 7 or 8 seed.
Last Year: #Pipe - The Knicks won 2 out of 3, with the late season loss coming when they were resting starters.
This Year: Home – November 5th, January 24th, Away – November 8th (NBATV), January 14th
What To Expect: You have to love that friendly home and home early in the season versus the woeful Bobcats. If the Knicks get off to a slow start, two straight games against Charlotte would be the perfect medicine. Charlotte did pay Al Jefferson this off-season which means they could threaten for 20 wins…maybe.
Last Year: The Knicks won all 4.
This Year: Home – December 6th Away – December 23rd, February 21st
What To Expect: The post-Howard era hasn’t been much fun in Orlando. Magic games are a collection of awful looking Glen Davis shots and disgusted faces by Jameer Nelson. Don’t worry, though they did sign Jason Maxiell and are paying Hedo Turkoglu 12 million this season. FUN!