Top 10 New York Knicks Games to Watch in '13-14

Steven KornContributor IIIOctober 29, 2013

Top 10 New York Knicks Games to Watch in '13-14

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    Carmelo Anthony dribbling up the court at the new MSG
    Carmelo Anthony dribbling up the court at the new MSG

    The wait is finally over and the NBA is back for what will be a great year. Hopes are high for some fans, while others are just hoping their team gets a high draft pick. One fanbase with high expectations are the fans of the New York Knicks.

    It has been a roller-coaster offseason for the Orange and Blue faithful, but with new acquisitions, a new general manager and a redone Madison Square Garden, Knicks fans are ready. Now, while I consider all 82 Knicks games must-watch, I'll just give you the top 10.  

Honorable Mentions

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    Kyrie Irving shooting over the finger tips of Raymond Felton
    Kyrie Irving shooting over the finger tips of Raymond Felton

    Some games that need to be seen, but couldn't quite crack the top 10.

    Knicks vs. Pacers

    When: November 20, 2013

    Time: 7 p.m. ET

    Where: Madison Square Garden

    How to Watch: ESPN

    This will be a great matchup between two teams who have been battling it out over the past few years. After Indiana knocked the Knicks out of the playoffs last season, expect the Knicks and their fans to be ready to go for their first matchup of the season.

     

    Knicks vs. Pistons

    When: January 7, 2014

    Time: 7:30 p.m. ET

    Where: Madison Square Garden

    How to Watch: MSG

    Knicks fans do not want to miss the Detroit Pistons' only trip to New York this year. Detroit is set to have its best season since the last time it reached the playoffs in 2009. With the additions of Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings, the Pistons will be a fun team to watch this season and are looking to make a run into the playoffs.

     

    Knicks vs. Cavaliers

    When: January 30, 2014

    Time: 8 p.m. ET

    Where: Madison Square Garden

    How to Watch: TNT

    I really wanted to put this in the top 10 strictly because of Kyrie Irving, but just couldn't do it. The 21-year-old Jersey native is one of the most exciting players in the league. In his most recent visit to MSG, the point guard put up 41 points, five rebounds and five assists. Expect this young Cavs team to battle the Knicks to the finish in this one.

Knicks at Bulls

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    Iman Shumpert covering Derrick Rose driving to the hoop
    Iman Shumpert covering Derrick Rose driving to the hoop

    When: October 31, 2013

    Time: 8 p.m. ET

    Where: United Center

    How to Watch: TNT

    This Halloween will be a very scary one for the Knicks. New York has to travel to Chicago for the holiday this year to face the re-energized Bulls. As everyone knows, Derrick Rose is back and is ready to make a run at the championship.

    The Knicks and Bulls have had some great games over the past few years and this one won't be any different. Rose against Shumpert, two of the best athletes in the league, should be an insanely fun matchup to watch. The speed and flat-out awesomeness of Rose combated by the Knicks' best perimeter defender and fellow Chicago native should be fun. Look for Shump to step his game up in this one.

    Not to mention, the Knicks also have a guy named Carmelo Anthony who will probably score a few points in his battle with Luol Deng

    The Bulls are one of the best-coached teams in the league thanks to Tom Thibodeau, and even though it's only the second game of the year, Coach Thibs will have his team ready to go. Mike Woodson and the Knicks better be ready for this tough Bulls team in a game that is sure to bring some fun. Expect a great game here as two of the top five teams in the East look to start their seasons off on the right foot.

Knicks vs. Spurs

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    Amar'e Stoudemire and Pablo Prigioni get the block on Tony Parker
    Amar'e Stoudemire and Pablo Prigioni get the block on Tony Parker

    When: November 10, 2013

    Time: Noon ET

    Where: Madison Square Garden

    How to Watch: MSG

    There's nothing better than a Sunday matinee at the Garden. Look for this game to be all that and more.

    Following a great run to the NBA Finals, the San Antonio Spurs are going to be back and hungry for more. The Spurs will come to New York, looking to knock off a Knicks team who beat them in both contests last year. Like the Bulls, the San Antonio Spurs are one of the best-coached teams in the league, if not the best. Gregg Popovich always has his teams ready to compete, and with Tim Duncan and Tony Parker leading the way, they always will be great to watch.

    The emergence of Kawhi Leonard in last year's playoffs also has a lot of people talking. Many expect Kawhi to take the next step this year, and if he does, the Spurs could find themselves right back in the talk for NBA supremacy. Look for Leonard to be matched up on Melo in this game, a matchup that will certainly show how much Kawhi has improved.

    Another reason this game is on the list: It's the Knicks' sixth game of the year. Why does that matter? It matters because last year's Sixth Man of the Year, J.R. Smith, is back!

    J.R. will be serving a suspension in the first five games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. While Smith clearly causes a lot of drama, the Knicks will need his game on the court to be successful. It will be exciting and intriguing to see how J.R. looks back on the court after the suspension and offseason knee surgery. With two top teams looking to repeat their successes from last year, this will be a great game.

Knicks vs. Rockets

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    J.R. Smith shoots over a lunging James Harden
    J.R. Smith shoots over a lunging James Harden

    When: November 14, 2013

    Time: 8 p.m. ET

    Where: Madison Square Garden

    How to Watch: TNT

    The Houston Rockets will make their only trip to MSG in November and it will be a game the Knicks will certainly be determined to win. After getting blown out by the Rockets in both meetings last season, New York will be looking to prove itself against James Harden and Company.

    Newly acquired center Dwight Howard will obviously be a player to watch in this game. With Howard now in Houston, the Rockets are looking to seriously compete for a title and will try to prove that to the Knicks in their first of two games this season. When you have players like Melo, Harden, Dwight and J.R. all on the same court, you can expect an entertaining and high-scoring battle.

     

     

Knicks at Nets

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    Iman Shumpert with Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett in his ear
    Iman Shumpert with Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett in his ear

    When: December 5, 2013

    Time: 7 p.m. ET

    Where: Barclays Center

    How to Watch: TNT

    Yes, I know the picture is of the Celtics, but let's face it—the Brooklyn Nets are basically half of the Celtics this season.

    The most shocking move of the offseason came from the Nets as they traded with Boston and added Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry to their roster. Thanks to that trade, this rivalry just got a whole lot more exciting.

    We all know about the Melo-Garnett beef from last year, and we know about J.R.'s elbow to Jason Terry. Furthermore, we've seen how great the Knicks-Celtics games have been over the past couple of years. Now, thanks to the wildly deep pockets of Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov, all of those headlines join a Brooklyn team, who the Knicks and their fans already didn't like. 

    The Nets have declared that they now run New York and this will be their first chance to prove it. For now, the Knicks are the Atlantic Division champions and are the top team in New York, but we'll see if they can hold both those titles this year.

    Oh, and don't forget, Jason Kidd was on the Knicks last year. He is now the the head coach in Brooklyn. Weird. 

Knicks vs. Thunder

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    Carmelo Anthony's shot being blocked by Kevin Durant
    Carmelo Anthony's shot being blocked by Kevin Durant

    When: December 25, 2013

    Time: 2:30 p.m. ET

    Where: Madison Square Garden

    How to Watch: ABC

    In a day that always features the best teams in the league and some of the most exciting games, Christmas Day is sure to deliver this year. The Oklahoma City Thunder will make their only trip to MSG as the Knicks look to give their fans the gift of a victory. 

    After splitting the season series in two crazy games last year, these two teams proved that they are an offensive showdown waiting to happen. Kevin Durant will be looking to light it up as he faces off against defending scoring champion Carmelo Anthony. Melo and Durant are two of the top scorers in the NBA and always bring a ton of entertainment. Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook will be back from his knee injury at this point and should be able to show everyone just how healthy he is.  

    This is a game you have to find time for on Christmas Day.

Knicks vs. Heat

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    LeBron James with a huge dunk to seal the Heat victory as Carmelo Anthony watches
    LeBron James with a huge dunk to seal the Heat victory as Carmelo Anthony watches

    When: January 9, 2014

    Time: 8 p.m. ET

    Where: Madison Square Garden

    How to Watch: TNT

    LeBron James is coming to town for a game that all fans will want to see. The Miami Heat are coming to New York for the Knicks and Heat's first matchup of the 2013-14 campaign. As odd as it may sound, the Knicks showed an extremely large amount of success against Miami last year. Winning three of the four meetings (granted LeBron and Wade sat one of them out) last season, the Knicks were the only team to beat the Heat more than twice in the regular season. 

    With Miami looking to win their third straight championship, the Knicks, just like every other team in the league, will be out to get them. James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are a show that no one should ever miss, so make sure you tune in when they come to "The World's Most Famous Arena" for the first time this season.

Knicks vs. Clippers

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    Chris Paul with the floater over Amar'e Stoudemire and J.R. Smith
    Chris Paul with the floater over Amar'e Stoudemire and J.R. Smith

    When: January 17, 2014

    Time: 7 p.m. ET

    Where: Madison Square Garden

    How to Watch: ESPN

    If you have ever watched any NBA highlight show, you know exactly why you should watch this game. The high-flying Los Angeles Clippers make their lone trip to the Garden in this must-see game. Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and the Clippers are a team full of exciting plays. After an exciting season series last year, I've come to expect nothing less from these two teams.

    Clippers coach Doc Rivers is in his first year with the team after coming from the Celtics to L.A. over the summer. The addition of Rivers should help this Clippers team take the next step, and thanks to him, they are a very serious threat to be the top team in their conference. All of that, plus the Knicks, will make for some great basketball.

Knicks vs. Nets

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    Carmelo Anthony being covered by Joe Johnson
    Carmelo Anthony being covered by Joe Johnson

    When: January 20, 2014

    Time: 2:30 p.m. ET

    Where: Madison Square Garden

    How to Watch: ESPN

    No matter who is playing at the Garden on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, it is always a great day in New York. Luckily for fans, it is Brooklyn. 

    My only team to make the list twice is indeed the Nets. You can be sure that both teams would love to win this season series, and with Brooklyn making its first trip to the new MSG, it will be a game that all of New York will be excited to watch.

    This game will be the second matchup of the season for these two and whoever loses the first one will certainly be out for revenge here. The Knicks and Nets will both be in midseason form coming into this contest, and it will be an extremely important game for both sides.

    The Knicks and Nets will play their other two games toward the end of the season. While those games could be of extreme importance to the division and playoff seeding, it is also entirely possible that playoff positions are already sorted out by then. Since those games could be ones where the stars sit out, I left them off the list, but either way, make sure you check those out on April 4th and 15th.

Knicks vs. Warriors

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    Iman Shumpert trying to stop Stephen Curry driving to the hoop
    Iman Shumpert trying to stop Stephen Curry driving to the hoop

    When: February 28, 2014

    Time: 8 p.m. ET

    Where: Madison Square Garden

    How to Watch: ESPN

    Stephen Curry. Stephen Curry at Madison Square Garden.

    While that in and of itself should be enough to watch this game, the Golden State Warriors have actually become a contender. The team that everyone found themselves rooting for during their playoff run last year made one of the best moves of the offseason. The addition of Andre Iguodala may end up being the best free-agent signing of the year. Adding Iggy to an already-scary lineup is something that should have teams worried.

    With the Knicks putting up one of their worst performances of the season last year in their second game against the Warriors, they will look to bounce back with a win here. Stephen Curry will have other things in mind as he'll try to match his 54-point performance in New York last year. If you're thinking this might be a game you're not dying to see, all you need to do is watch Curry's last trip to New York. You will change your mind for sure.

Knicks vs. Pacers

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    Roy Hibbert blocks Carmelo Anthony's shot
    Roy Hibbert blocks Carmelo Anthony's shot

    When: March 19, 2014

    Time: 8 p.m. ET

    Where: Madison Square Garden

    How to Watch: ESPN

    After last year's playoffs, a late-season game between the Knicks and Indiana Pacers will be one you have to watch. This game will certainly have playoff implications as both teams will be jostling for a higher seed. The Knicks will be seeking revenge after Paul George and the Pacers knocked New York out of last year's playoffs. 

    One particular player who will be looking for revenge is Tyson Chandler. Chandler was absolutely manhandled by Roy Hibbert in that series last year. The battle of those two big men should be a fun one to watch this year as Chandler looks to make up for his poor performance from last year.