Most Anticipated Knicks 2012-13 Games

Jonah Ballow
KnicksNow.com

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Once again, the Knicks were aggressive in free agency and compiled a roster to challenge the elite teams in the Eastern Conference.  The NBA has announced the schedules and while every single contest counts in the pursuit of a title, there are several games that will garner attention from Knicks fans around the country.  Here are some of the most anticipated games for the Knicks in 2012-13:

Thursday, November 1 at Brooklyn Nets
High intrigue will surround the inaugural matchup between the relocated Nets and Gotham’s historic franchise.  Brooklyn raised the stakes by re-signing All-Star Deron Williams and trading for Joe Johnson to solidify one of the best backcourts in the NBA.  The team also brought back Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, and Brook Lopez with the hope of returning to the postseason.  The Knicks will enter hostile territory while facing the Nets in the opener at the Barclays Center but expect a large contingency of fans sporting the Blue and Orange.  New York fans will be treated to a first glance at the new-look Knicks as well.  Jason Kidd, Raymond Felton, Pablo Prigioni Ronnie Brewer, Marcus Camby, and Kurt Thomas are expected to make their 2012-13 debuts in Knicks uniforms.  

Friday, November 2 vs. Miami Heat
The Knicks and Heat will waste little time refueling the rivalry in the home opener at the World’s Most Famous Arena.  There is no doubt; the Knicks are waiting with baited breath at the chance to face the defending champs and the team that knocked them out of the playoffs last season.  It’s quite possible the Heat improved their roster by adding former Celtics sharpshooter Ray Allen and versatile forward Rashard Lewis.  For the Knicks, Camby and Thomas are well-aware of the rivalry and Kidd was on the Mavericks title team that sent Miami packing in the 2011 NBA Finals.  Yes, it’s only the second contest of an 82-game regular season but there is no reason to believe this encounter will not have a playoff vibe.

Wednesday, November 21 at Dallas Mavericks
Last year, Tyson Chandler accepted his 2010-11 championship ring in the only trip for the Knicks to Dallas.  This season, another former Maverick will return to Big D as Kidd will look to upend the Mavericks in his uniform.  Most pundits believe Dallas has taken a couple of steps back following the unexpected title run.  The Mavericks lost Kidd and Terry while signing Elton Brandon, Chris Kaman, and O.J. Mayo.   Regardless of the shuffled roster, Kidd and Chandler will be highly motivated to silence the home crowd in Dallas.

Friday, November 23 at Houston Rockets
Houston completely revamped its roster after missing the postseason last year.  Obviously, all eyes will be focused on former Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin when he squares off against New York for the first time since signing with the Rockets this summer.  Lin and Bulls center Omer Asik were the big acquisitions for Houston to go along with rookies Jeremy Lamb, Terrence Jones, and Royce White.  This matchup also features former Knicks, Toney Douglas and Josh Harrellson.

Monday, December 17 vs. Houston Rockets
Lin generated massive amounts of media and fan attention last season in New York.  On December 17, the 24-year old will step on the Garden floor once again…this time as the enemy.  How will the Knicks fan base welcome him back?

Tuesday, December 25 at Los Angeles Lakers
A showdown in tinseltown will hit the NBA’s center stage on Christmas Day.  Widely regarded as the league’s spot to feature marquee matchups, the Knicks and Lakers will conclude the season series in Los Angeles.  Over the summer, the Lakers made quite a splash, welcoming former rival Steve Nash to the Purple and Gold and an underrated acquisition of Antawn Jamison.  The two teams split the series last year, which included a memorable game at the Garden on February 10.  Kobe Bryant always finds extra juice for the Knicks and fans will be treated to a Nash-Kidd mano y’mano Hall of Fame point guard duel.

Thursday, January 24 at Boston Celtics
The two teams split the four-game series this past season with New York capturing two crowd pleasing victories at MSG in December and April.  The games were only decided by an average of four points.  One of the big four for Boston departed as Allen jumped ship to Miami over the offseason.  Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, and Kevin Garnett are back for another run at the title while the team snatched Jason Terry in free agency.  Courtney Lee was obtained in via trade and the Celtics drafted Kris Joseph and Fab Melo out of Syracuse to join forces with Jared Sullinger. 

Thursday, March 7 vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
Last year, the Knicks lone matchup against the Thunder took place in Oklahoma City.  This season, fans at the Garden will have the opportunity to watch the Knicks battle the defending Western Conference Champions on March 7.  In search of a return to the Finals, Oklahoma City grabbed Perry Jones III in the 2012 NBA Draft after the highly touted prospect surprisingly fell down to pick No. 28 overall.  Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden against the Knicks in NYC will certainly create great theatre.

Wednesday, March 13 at Denver Nuggets
When the Knicks traded for Carmelo Anthony on February 22 2011, fans in the Mile High City hoped to see their former star the following season.  However, due to the lockout, the Nuggets-Knicks contest in Denver was put on hold.  On March 13 of 2013, Anthony returns to the city where he began his All-Star career in2003.  The Nuggets feature several former Knicks, including Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari, Al Harrington, and Timofey Mozgov.  This summer Denver added another former Knick, Anthony Randolph to fill the void of Chris Andersen, who was amnestied in the offseason.

Thursday, April 11 at Chicago Bulls
Over the last couple of years, the Bulls have held title aspirations behind the spectacular play of Derrick Rose.  The franchise took a major setback when Rose suffered an ACL tear in the first round of the playoff series against the 76ers.  According to ESPNChicago.com, doctors are targeting eight to 12 months until the 2010-11 MVP can return to the hardwood.  Chicago brought back Kirk Hinrich and added Marco Belinelli as its notable offseason moves.  For the Knicks, Brewer will face his former team in a matchup that could determine playoff positioning. 

Wednesday, April 17 vs. Atlanta Hawks
Last year, the Knicks wrapped up the regular season in a meaningless game in Charlotte.  This season, New York could face a team fighting for a spot in the postseason at Madison Square Garden.  Woodson will square off against the team he coached for five seasons as they enter the post-Johnson era.  The Hawks were a playoff squad in 2012 but the recent changes might alter Atlanta’s offensive firepower and ability to compete with the upper echelon of the Eastern Conference.  The Knicks will search for momentum heading into a potential playoff run and the outcome of this game could have major implications on the line.

Upcoming Games
November Opponent Time Local TV Nat TV Radio
 Thu 01  @ Brooklyn  7:00pm      
 Fri 02  vs Miami  8:00pm      
 Sun 04  vs Philadelphia  12:00pm      
 Mon 05  @ Philadelphia  7:00pm      
 Fri 09  vs Dallas  7:30pm      
 Tue 13  @ Orlando  7:00pm      
 Thu 15  @ San Antonio  8:30pm      
 Fri 16  @ Memphis  9:30pm      
 Sun 18  vs Indiana  12:00pm      
 Tue 20  @ New Orleans  8:00pm      
 Wed 21  @ Dallas  8:30pm      
 Fri 23  @ Houston  8:00pm      
 Sun 25  vs Detroit  1:00pm      
 Wed 28  @ Milwaukee  8:00pm      
 Fri 30  vs Washington  7:30pm      
December Opponent Time Local TV Nat TV Radio
 Sun 02  vs Phoenix  12:00pm      
 Wed 05  @ Charlotte  7:00pm      
 Thu 06  @ Miami  8:00pm      
 Sat 08  @ Chicago  8:00pm      
 Sun 09  vs Denver  7:30pm      
 Tue 11  @ Brooklyn  7:00pm      
 Thu 13  vs LA Lakers  8:00pm      
 Sat 15  vs Cleveland  7:30pm      
 Mon 17  vs Houston  7:30pm      
 Wed 19  vs Brooklyn  7:00pm      
 Fri 21  vs Chicago  7:30pm      
 Sun 23  vs Minnesota  5:00pm      
 Tue 25  @ LA Lakers  3:00pm      
 Wed 26  @ Phoenix  9:00pm      
 Fri 28  @ Sacramento  10:00pm      
January Opponent Time Local TV Nat TV Radio
 Tue 01  vs Portland  7:30pm      
 Thu 03  vs San Antonio  7:30pm      
 Sat 05  @ Orlando  7:00pm      
 Mon 07  vs Boston  7:30pm      
 Thu 10  @ Indiana  8:00pm      
 Fri 11  vs Chicago  8:00pm      
 Sun 13  vs New Orleans  12:00pm      
 Thu 17  @ Detroit  
TBD
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 Mon 21  vs Brooklyn  3:30pm      
 Thu 24  @ Boston  8:00pm      
 Sat 26  @ Philadelphia  7:00pm      
 Sun 27  vs Atlanta  6:30pm      
 Wed 30  vs Orlando  7:30pm      
February Opponent Time Local TV Nat TV Radio
 Fri 01  vs Milwaukee  7:30pm      
 Sat 02  vs Sacramento  7:30pm      
 Mon 04  vs Detroit  7:30pm      
 Wed 06  @ Washington  7:00pm      
 Fri 08  @ Minnesota  8:00pm      
 Sun 10  vs LA Clippers  1:00pm      
 Wed 13  vs Toronto  7:30pm      
 Wed 20  @ Indiana  7:00pm      
 Fri 22  @ Toronto  7:00pm      
 Sun 24  vs Philadelphia  7:00pm      
 Wed 27  vs Golden State  7:30pm      
March Opponent Time Local TV Nat TV Radio
 Fri 01  @ Washington  7:00pm      
 Sun 03  vs Miami  1:00pm      
 Mon 04  @ Cleveland  7:00pm      
 Wed 06  @ Detroit  7:30pm      
 Thu 07  vs Oklahoma City  8:00pm      
 Sat 09  vs Utah  7:30pm      
 Mon 11  @ Golden State  10:30pm      
 Wed 13  @ Denver  10:30pm      
 Thu 14  @ Portland  10:30pm      
 Sun 17  @ LA Clippers  3:30pm      
 Mon 18  @ Utah  10:30pm      
 Wed 20  vs Orlando  7:30pm      
 Fri 22  @ Toronto  7:00pm      
 Sat 23  vs Toronto  7:30pm      
 Tue 26  @ Boston  7:00pm      
 Wed 27  vs Memphis  7:30pm      
 Fri 29  vs Charlotte  7:30pm      
 Sun 31  vs Boston  7:30pm      
April Opponent Time Local TV Nat TV Radio
 Tue 02  @ Miami  8:00pm      
 Wed 03  @ Atlanta  7:00pm      
 Fri 05  vs Milwaukee  7:30pm      
 Sun 07  @ Oklahoma City  1:00pm      
 Tue 09  vs Washington  7:30pm      
 Thu 11  @ Chicago  8:00pm      
 Fri 12  @ Cleveland  7:30pm      
 Sun 14  vs Indiana  3:30pm      
 Mon 15  @ Charlotte  7:00pm      
 Wed 17  vs Atlanta  8:00pm      

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