Previewing the New York Knicks' Opening Week Matchups
The Knicks will try to win their first championship in 40 years, and it will all begin on Thursday night.
Here's a preview of their three opening week games.
at Brooklyn Nets- Thursday, 7 pm on TNT
The Knicks will open their season on Thursday night at the Nets' new billion-dollar arena, the Barclays Center, though the game had the potential to be cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy.
This will be an interesting matchup featuring two teams with good rosters, especially the starters.
A big blow for the Knicks will be the absence of Amar'e Stoudemire, who will miss six-to-eight weeks and undergo left knee surgery. That gives the Nets a little bit of an advantage, as all of their starters will play.
The Nets are a new-look team with the best backcourt in the NBA. That's where this game will most likely be decided. The Nets' combo of Deron Williams and Joe Johnson is better than the Knicks' backcourt combo of Raymond Felton and Ronnie Brewer.
The key for the Knicks will be to somehow limit the damage in that department. Otherwise things could get ugly on the road.
vs. Miami Heat- Friday, 8 pm on ESPN
After a thrilling opener in Brooklyn, the Knicks will stay in New York and play their home opener against the defending champion Miami Heat on Friday.
As always, this will be an intense battle with the Knicks looking for revenge after their five-game playoff loss to the Heat in May.
There's no question Miami is the league's best team, and this isn't a close matchup. But the Knicks will be fired up in front of their crowd at the newly renovated Garden.
If the Knicks want to impress and win this game, they must limit their turnovers. Being careless with the ball crushed them in the first round of the playoffs, and the Heat are deadly in transition.
Plus, the Knicks must also try to stop one of the "Big Three." If they can then it'll at least be a competitive game.
vs. Philadelphia 76ers- Sunday, 12 pm
If the Knicks can survive facing two of the better teams in the East, then they won't be able to rest on Sunday against another solid conference foe, the 76ers.
How many games will the Knicks win this week?
The Knicks typically play poorly in these Sunday noon-time starts at the Garden. There are no excuses, though, and New York must be ready to play against a young and solid team.
The addition of Andrew Bynum has made the 76ers even more of a threat after they shockingly knocked out the Chicago Bulls in the first round of last season's playoffs. The Knicks, fortunately, can counter with Tyson Chandler, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year.
New York must find ways to score against a great defense, and they have to come to play in a potential letdown game after facing Brooklyn and Miami.
If the Knicks can win two out of three games this week then they will have come out looking good to start a long season.
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