Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Details of the Knicks' 2011-12 Schedule

As I posted earlier, here is the link to the schedule:

Obviously, as has already been announced, the Knicks will have two preseason games against the New Jersey Nets on December 17 and December 21. Their official season opener will be the first game of the season! Christmas Day at noon in MSG against the Boston Celtics.

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  • After Christmas Day, the Knicks will embark on a 3-game road trip out west to play the Warriors, Lakers, and Kings.
  • There are 33 home games and 33 road games, as would be expected, I suppose.
  • 22 of their games will be nationally televised on ESPN, TNT, and ABC. That's a third of their schedule which is way more games than I can ever recall them getting on national TV!
  • Speaking of nationally televised games, April is particularly crazy as 8 of the 13 games are on national TV. Against odd teams too, like the Clippers and Bobcats.
  • There is only 1 back-to-back-to-back, which is good for guys like Amar'e Stoudemire and Chauncey Billups. However, there are many stretches of 4 games in 5 nights, or 5 games in 6 nights, which is equally as tough.
Some key matchups:
  • They play the Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls four times
  • They only play the Miami Heat three times, with the only game being played at MSG in early April
  • They play the Oklahoma City Thunder only once, and that is in OKC.
  • They do play the Lakers twice and both will be on national TV.
  • They play the Hornets only once. It's in February, at home, and will be on ESPN. Will Chris Paul still be with New Orleans by that time?
 I don't like to judge teams, especially before free agency and training camps, but based on last year's standings, there isn't any one month that seems particularly rough.

The traveling will be chaotic and tough for every team, so home games will be particularly key this year. In that case, February will be key as the Knicks play 10 of their 15 games at home.

The end of the season features a lot of road games, but they finish the season playing against the Nets, Cavs, Hawks, Clippers, and Bobcats, which could potentially be an easy stretch for the Knicks to prepare for the playoffs.

 Can't wait for the season to get started. Should be a wild one.

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