The New York Knicks are looking more and more like championship contenders as the season goes on. Although it is early, the Knicks have proven to be mentally tough and different from previous Knicks teams.
However, it is not too early to look ahead to potentially pivotal must-win games later in the season for the Knicks. These games are only important for the Knicks' playoff seeding, as they are almost locks to make the playoffs.
Playoff seeding will be very important for the Knicks because avoiding the Miami Heat until the Eastern Conference Finals will give the Knicks the best shot at winning the NBA championship. Although the records of these five teams could dramatically change from now until when the Knicks play them, as of right now these games look like not only must-win games, but also good games for the Knicks to measure themselves against the Eastern Conference's elite teams.
All of these games will be very important for Carmelo Anthony as well. If Anthony is going to win the MVP award, he will have to perform well in most of these games. LeBron James and Kevin Durant are not going to let Carmelo walk away with the award, so he will have to prove to voters that he truly is the league's most valuable player.
Here are five must-win games on the Knicks' schedule in 2013: