The New York Knicks' 5 Biggest Tests of the Early Season

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The New York Knicks' 5 Biggest Tests of the Early Season
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For the first time in three years, the New York Knicks will not begin their season with a true rivalry game.

No offense to the Milwaukee Bucks, but they don't bring the excitement factor of last year's post-Sandy opener against the Heat, or 2011's Christmas Day opener against the Celtics

But don't worry, Knicks fans: you won't have to wait long to see the 'Bockers take on some real contenders.

In the season's first 30 days, they will face the reigning Western Conference champ (San Antonio), their own playoff vanquisher (Indiana), and four teams they failed to beat last season (Chicago, Houston, Portland, LA Clippers). The Knicks will have plenty of chances in that first month to prove to the NBA that last season was no fluke.

Here are the five most challenging, downright scary tests the Knicks will face in the early season.

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