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 Pacific Division.
GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS
Last Year: The Knicks split with the ‘Dubs last season, including edging them out 109-105 at MSG despite Steph Curry dropping a mesmerizing 54 points. Things were much uglier when they traveled out to the West Coast to play them, as they lost 92-63, kicking off a four game losing streak.
This Year: Home – February 28th (ESPN), Away – March 30th
What To Expect: Steph Curry’s return to MSG will be immensely hyped and thus be a national television showdown. It would be nice to see the Knicks handle their West Coast trips better this year, as their game in Golden State is the 4th of 5 games on a West Coast swing in late March.
LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS
Last Year: The Knicks dropped both to Lob City last season by double digits.
This Year: Home – January 17th (ESPN), Away – November 27th (NBA TV)
What To Expect: DOC BALL has come to Los Angeles, which should lead to improved defense and plenty of public bickering will Clippers Public CEO BILLY SIMMONS. DOC-CP3 COROLLARY ALERT, DOESN’T THEIR RELATIONSHIP REMIND YOU OF WALT AND JESSE IN SEASON 5 OF BREAKING BAD?!? Regardless, these will be tough games for the Knicks. Hopefully, they can at least handle business at MSG.
LOS ANGELES LAKERS
Last Year: The Knicks split with the Lakers, including a loss on Christmas Day
This Year: Home – January 26th (ABC), Away – March 25th (TNT)
What To Expect: A pair of national television games against Nick Young, Chris Kaman, Jodie Meeks and Mike D’Antoni’s scowl! Let’s hope the Knicks can beat up on the rebuilding Lakers…knocking off Mikey D is always oh so sweet.
Last Year: Knicks sweep. #PIPE
This Year: Home – January 13th, Away – March 28th
What To Expect: Eric Bledsoe should bring a little excitement to a very dull and very weak Western Conference squad that hopefully the Knicks can sweep for the second straight season.
Last Year: The Knicks split with the Kings, with the loss coming after a fervent comeback (down 21 at the half) attempt fell just short in Sacramento.
This Year: Home – February 12th (NBATV), Away – March 26th
What To Expect: Expectations remain low for the Kings, who have one of the most oddly assembled rosters in the NBA. Yet, rookie Ben McLemore has a ton of potential and if DeMarcus Cousins ever gets his head on straight they could be more competitive than they’ve been in recent years.