Rapid Reaction: 2012-13 schedule
July, 26, 2012
By Ian Begley | ESPNNewYork.com
Here are highlights of the Knicks' 2012-13 schedule (click here for the complete schedule):
SEASON OPENER IN BROOKLYN: What better way to tip off the season than with the East River rivalry? The Knicks will travel to Brooklyn on Nov. 1 to face the new-look Nets in their new home, the Barclays Center.
It's your first chance to see offseason additions Raymond Felton, Jason Kidd, Ronnie Brewer and Marcus Camby. It's also the first of four matchups between Brooklyn and New York.
BRING THE HEAT: How's this for a home opener? The Knicks take on the Miami Heat at the Garden on Nov. 2 to open their home slate. LeBron James and Miami knocked off New York in the first round of the playoffs last season en route to the NBA title.
As always, Miami will be a measuring stick for the Knicks when determining their place in the Eastern Conference hierarchy.
LINSANITY RETURNS: Will you boo or cheer on Dec. 17?
That night, Jeremy Lin returns to Madison Square Garden for the first time since signing a three-year, $25 million deal with the Houston Rockets. The Knicks, as you know, had a chance to match the deal, but declined. Was it a good call? We'll be able to see first-hand on Dec. 17.
The Knicks get their first look at Lin on Nov. 23 in Houston.
CHRISTMAS PRESENT: The Knicks will face the Lakers in Los Angeles on Dec. 25. They'll get a close look at Steve Nash, the point guard they really wanted in the offseason.
WELCOME HOME? On March 13, Carmelo Anthony makes his first trip to Denver since he was traded to New York in February 2011. Raymond Felton goes back to Portland the next night. ... Landry Fields comes back to Madison Square Garden with the Raptors on Feb. 13.
BACK-TO-BACK COUNT: The Knicks have 18 back-to-backs this season but, thanks to a normal, 82-game schedule, they won't have any back-to-back-to-back sets.
TOUGH STRETCHES: The Knicks have a five-game West Coast swing from March 11-18. ... They play seven games in 10 days from Nov. 13-23. Six of those 10 are on the road. ... The Knicks open with four games in five nights; eight of their first nine games are against teams that made the playoffs last season.
ON AIR: The Knicks will play 25 games on national television, including 10 on ESPN and five on ABC. For an inside look at the entire NBA schedule, click here.
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8:00 PM ET New York Milwaukee 7:30 PM ET Washington Brooklyn
8:00 PM ET Pittsburgh NY Rangers 7:30 PM ET Ottawa New Jersey
7:00 PM ET NY Islanders NY Rangers 7:00 PM ET Anaheim New Jersey
7:00 PM ET Anaheim NY Islanders 7:00 PM ET New Jersey Washington