The dog days of NBA basketball are upon us, occurring during a massive black hole in the sports calendar between the Super Bowl and the NCAA men's basketball conference tournaments. For the last nine seasons, this void was a time for Knicks fans to count the days, hours and minutes until they could make picks in their March Madness pools, but that was only a temporary distraction from another sub-.400 season.
February finally has true meaning this season, with the 26-24 Knicks in second place in the Atlantic Division and sixth place in the Eastern Conference. A buzz has returned to Madison Square Garden not seen since Stephon Marbury returned to New York in 2004, but that homecoming quickly turned from a temporary band aid to a seemingly permanent nightmare.
With 32 games remaining in what has been an unusually exciting season for a team barely over .500, it's easy to pick 10 games that Knicks fans should mark on their calendars before scouring the bracketology websites.