With the 2013-2014 NBA regular season schedule released, diehard fans for every franchise can begin breaking down their squad’s most anticipated games. Although the season is still three months away from tip-off, it is never too early to start looking ahead.
Let’s map out the Knicks top ten most anticipated games coming up in 2013-2014. (In order by the date of the game)
1. October 30, 2013 – Knicks vs. Milwaukee Bucks
Although the Knicks better run away with this one, I’m going to start the list here since it is opening night. What’s more exciting then the first game of the year? On top of that, it is right here at the Mecca. Let’s get it started!
2. October 31, 2013 – Knicks @ Chicago Bulls
I know it is only one day later, and the season is extremely long, but I’m interested to see how this one plays out. Many people believed the Bulls would have been the number two seed last year behind the Heat, or possibly even the one seed, so it’s critical to see how these two Eastern Conference powerhouses match up. Oh yeah, it doesn’t hurt that NBA fans will finally be able to watch Derrick Rose play again.
3. November 14, 2013 – Knicks vs. Houston Rockets
With Dwight Howard leaving Los Angeles to join James Harden in Houston, fans will be piling in to check this one out. It is yet to be seen how good this Rockets team is going to be, and I can’t wait to see how the Knicks match up against them.
4. November 20, 2013 – Knicks vs. Indiana Pacers
Indiana (sigh), where the Knicks season ended last year. This will be the first time New York makes a trip back there next season, so the Knicks better show up determined. Also, these teams should be neck and neck in the standings, so every game played will be vital in a potential tie-breaker.
5. November 29, 2013 – Knicks @ Denver Nuggets
Well, we all know why this one will be circled on the schedule for Carmelo Anthony. We go, as our superstar goes. Since Melo’s first visit to Denver last season didn’t quite go as expected, I can’t wait to see how fired up he will be for this one. Not to mention, half of the Nuggets team were once Knicks because of that trade.
6. December 5, 2013 – Knicks @ Brooklyn Nets
Not much to say about this one, is there? Finally, New York has a heated rivalry, and with the Nets acquisition of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, it just went up another level. Oh, and the Nets head coach just happened to be on the Knicks roster last year.
7. December 25, 2013 – Knicks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
This battle needs very little explanation. What’s better then Christmas Day at The Garden, with one of the brightest young athletes visiting? Kevin Durant will be in New York for the first time in the new season, and the Thunder will be a championship contender. The question is, are the Knicks? We’ll see how it unfolds.
8. January 9, 2014 – Knicks vs. Miami Heat
Another one that’s not too hard to figure out why it is much anticipated. This will be the first time the Knicks get to size up against the two-time world champs, and it is in Madison Square Garden. Melo + Lebron + The Garden = basketball heaven.
9. January 26, 2014 – Knicks vs. L.A. Lakers
It’s always a show when the Lakers come to town, and Kobe Bryant rarely disappoints. Bryant holds the MSG record in points scored in a game with 61, and I won’t put it past him to shoot for more. Yes, even coming off the injury, and even being 36-years-old, I still wouldn’t doubt him.
10. February 28, 2014 – Knicks vs. Golden State Warriors
The Warriors are one of the NBA’s brightest young teams, and they are a blast to watch. With the addition of Andre Iguodala, and the young talents of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, I can’t wait for this shootout. The last time the Warriors came to New York, you may remember Curry dropping 54 points while hitting a remarkable 11 three-pointers. I was blessed to be there that night, and it was one of the most incredible performances I’ve ever seen. Enough said.
Honorable Mentions: November 10 – Knicks vs. San Antonio Spurs, November 27 – Knicks @ Los Angeles Clippers, December 1 – Knicks vs. New Orleans Hornets, December 8 – Knicks vs. Boston Celtics
Now, personally I believe these are the most anticipated games of the upcoming year, at this point in the off-season. In the end, depending on time of the year, records, or any other scenario of that sort, some of these games can turn out to be duds. As for intriguing match-ups with the Nets, Pacers, Heat, etc., I decided to choose the first meeting of the year for each to be on the list, simply because we’ve been waiting for this long for the meetins. .
Many of you will disagree with me when it comes to this list, and many of you may think I’m right on the money, so don’t hold back shedding some light on what you feel would is going to be a monster match-up next year.