The New York Knicks have a rigorous slate of games ahead, which could turn their season from ugly to disastrous in a few weeks.
The first 13 games of the New York Knicks’ season brought a 3-10 record. Two of that trio of wins came against Kristaps Porzingis‘ Dallas Mavericks and the other happened in a comeback win over the Chicago Bulls. The other 10 matchups have been, for the most part, a struggle to overcome, including a late-game collapse to the Charlotte Hornets.
A game against the Cleveland Cavaliers is ahead on Monday. Afterward, the schedule’s level of difficulty takes off. The Knicks will have plenty to overcome over the next three weeks, leaving questions surrounding what kind of win-loss record they walk out with:
- Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 76ers: Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons are a matchup nightmare for anyone, let alone just the Knicks.
- Saturday, Nov. 23 vs. Spurs: While the Spurs have curtailed to a 5-8 start, they still have DeMar DeRozan, LaMarcus Aldridge and Dejounte Murray, who torched the Knicks in the season opener.
- Sunday, Nov. 24 vs. Nets: The Nets have not found their stride, but they still defeated the Knicks once this season, and Kyrie Irving is a special talent.
- Wednesday, Nov. 27 at Raptors: The Raptors, thanks to Pascal Siakam‘s ascension, have maintained their relevance in the Eastern Conference.
- Friday, Nov. 29 vs. 76ers: A second matchup against Philadelphia will continue to test the Knicks.
- Sunday, Dec. 1 vs. Celtics: Already the third matchup of the season, the Knicks will try to find their first win over Kemba Walker, Jayson Tatum and the Celtics.
- Monday, Dec. 2 at Bucks: Good luck slowing down Giannis Antetokounmpo. Mario Hezonja is not around for this contest, however.
- Thursday, Dec. 5 vs. Nuggets: Denver remains a top team in the Western Conference. Stopping this loaded roster, including Nikola Jokic, is a difficult task.
- Saturday, Dec. 7 vs. Pacers: Indiana has stayed relevant without Victor Oladipo. While they are not an elite group, this is still a rough matchup for the Knicks if Myles Turner and Malcolm Brogdon are playing well.
- Tuesday, Dec. 10 at Trail Blazers: Despite a slow start to the season, Portland still has Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum to throw at opponents. Plus, the Knicks could see Carmelo Anthony in this mid-December matchup.
Making it out of this stretch with even three wins may be a “victory” for the New York Knicks. Otherwise, the worst is to be expected from a rigorous slate of games. This could cement them at the bottom of not just the Eastern Conference, but the NBA standings and make the rest of the season difficult for coach David Fizdale to overcome.