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New season-opener: at Denver on Nov. 16?

10/11/2011

With the first two weeks of the NBA season cancelled due to the lockout, a couple of entertaining home matchups (Miami, Oklahoma City) have been wiped off the Knicks' schedule. David Stern said with near certainty that games would not be made up.

If no other games are cancelled (and that's a big IF), the Knicks would open the season at Denver on Nov. 16 -- an intriguing matchup given last February's blockbuster trade between the Knicks and Nuggets.

The NBA could, of course, choose to reconstruct its schedule upon resumption of the season.

Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups would be playing in Denver for the first time since the trade. The Knicks would also face former first-round draft pick Danilo Gallinari and reserve center Timofey Mozgov. Gallinari is currently playing in Italy but is expected to return to the Nuggets if the lockout is settled. But Gallinari and Mozgov will likely be the only former Knicks left from the four that were originally traded.

Wilson Chandler will be playing in China and reportedly cannot return to the NBA during the Chinese Basketball Association season. Raymond Felton was dealt to Portland.

The game in Denver is the first of six straight on the road for the Knicks. Their first home game would be Nov. 28 against John Wall and the Wizards.

Here is a list of the Knicks games that have been cancelled due to the lockout:

Nov. 2: vs. Miami

Nov. 5: @Milwaukee

Nov. 6: @Detroit

Nov. 8: vs. Oklahoma City

Nov. 9: @ Atlanta

Nov. 12: vs. Indiana

Nov. 14: @ Utah