"So far, so good." Or, "Two outta three ain't bad." One of those.
Expecting three-for-three might have been much, considering it takes time for players to gel along with a Heat game in Miami on the schedule. Knicks fans should be temporarily, and tentatively, satisfied with the 2-1 record since Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups and company joined the team.
Yes, they lost to the Cavaliers, again, but the Knicks meet Cleveland two more times this season, including once in March, and it's not really going out on a limb to say revenge will be on New York's mind.
The Knicks better make sure to put that one in their pocket, though, because this March will be one of the more grueling months in recent years.
There are 18 games on the schedule this March, most since the lockout-shortened 1998-99 season, when the Knicks were forced to squeeze in the same number.
This time, there is a remake wedged in there—to cover that postponement when falling debris at Madison Square Garden forced a cancellation of the October 2nd Knicks-Magic contest. That game was rescheduled for March 28th.
All together, the Knicks meet Orlando three times in March. Luckily, they will not have to face the Heat, Lakers or Spurs for the remainder of the year.
The Knicks' season may just be wrapped up in what happens in this lion of a month. It's a perfect test of their mettle at a perfect time and will take them into a light seven-game April. A solid performance in March will help the Knicks cruise into the playoffs relatively rested.
While other sports, pundits might give you a general overview of what's up next, we here at Bleacher Report get a little more specific. I'm going to stick my neck out, knowing full well the savvy B/R readership will know how hard this is and will be kind, and predict the outcome of every Knicks game in March.
Not only that, but I'm also going to try at the final score. Don't try this at home. Actually, yeah go ahead. Let's hear your predictions for some of the games and see who gets closest.
I don't expect to be perfect (or terrible)—somewhere in the middle at least I hope. I did my best.
In the end, I have the Knicks going 12-6 (what?!), which is a little optimistic. But it's a reasonable guess, especially with the new team's makeup and their lineup of opponents.
Here is your handy Knicks schedule for the month of March. Bookmark it and come back to see how you did as the month proceeds. I'll be checking in too.
And do yourself a favor, don't make any bets based on any of this.