The 2018-19 NBA schedule is up! Let’s get to the 1/30th that counts:
- The Knicks open the season at home against the already-tanking Atlanta Hawks. Two nights later their first road game is in Brooklyn. Can you smell that winning streak yet?
Knicks 1-0 already HIT THE DAMN MUSIC pic.twitter.com/FxZXpQRhv1— Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) August 10, 2018
- The longest road-trip of the season is a six-gamer bridging 2018 and 2019 and covers Milwaukee, Utah, Denver, the Lakers, Portland and Golden State.
- The longest homestand runs from late March to April Fool’s Day, against Utah, Denver, the Clippers, Toronto, Miami and Chicago.
- The Celtics come to the Garden October 20th and February 1st. The Knicks are in Boston November 21 and December 6th. Pretty compressed between them two.
- The Warriors lone trip to New York will be October 26th.
- Michael Beasley and any other new guys the Lakers signed visit MSG for a noon tip on St. Patrick’s Day. Got a feeling that’ll be one hell of a game, especially if Kristaps Porzingis is back by then.
- The Nets, who still suck, only more orthodoxly, play the Knicks twice in October and the season series is over shortly after the All-Star break. That’s probably for the best.
- Evidence of
a kinder NBA a gentler NBAan NBA aware that the same poor labor conditions they could get away with pre-social media would invite negative PR in 2018:
Notable tidbits on 2018-19 NBA schedule: No four-games-in-five nights again; back-to-backs are at historic lows (average of 13.3 per team this season, it was 19.3 in '14-15 and 14.4 last season) -- and elimination of eight games in 12 nights for first time.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 10, 2018
And yet, still, the Knicks get shafted, tied with Charlotte and Portland for the most back-to-back sets this year while tied with Chicago for the fewest days with a “rest advantage,” i.e. when the opponent is on the second night of a back-to-back and you’re not:
& here's the # of back-to-backs (& games vs. opp. playing 2nd game of a b2b) & rest advantage games for every team this season. pic.twitter.com/TGDSOuVEIt— John Schuhmann (@johnschuhmann) August 10, 2018
- If you’re still on the fence as to whether the Knicks are looking to tank this year...the NBA seems to have made up its mind.
- Kyle O’Quinn returns as a Pacer on Halloween. Besides “Pacer,” everything about that sentence is perfect.
- Last summer’s #1 draft pick, Deandre Dayton, will face the Knicks in New York on December 17th. COME GET SOME MITCH, ROOK!
- Carmelo Anthony’s lone Broadway showing will be January 23rd.
- The Miami Heat are in town January 27th and March 30th. Boo them vociferously.
- Your first chance to ogle Luka Doncic is November 2nd when the Knicks are in Dallas. He visits the city he always should have ended up in January 30th.
- David Fizdale returns to Memphis November 25th. I don’t think they’ll boo him. Why would they?
- Human anomaly Mo Bamba and my favorite non-Knick, Jonathan Isaac, come to New York November 11th. Alongside Aaron Gordon, it’s one of your only chances to see this exceptionally large, long and athletic frontcourt.
- If strength of schedule is relevant, the Knicks’ is tougher than most.
Implied strength of schedule for each NBA team based on Las Vegas O/U for their opponents. pic.twitter.com/CjrcXW3bbH— Yaya Dubin (@JADubin5) August 10, 2018
- Kawhi Leonard’s first game against New York as a Raptor is Saturday, November 10th, if you’re into that sort of thing...
- November 10th is my birthday. I’ll be turning 40 and channeling Kawhi-level chill as I grow ever more middle-aged.
- The Knicks don’t play on a Thursday until their 26th game of the season, at Boston. They will have played on every other day of the week at least twice before they finally play on a Thursday. I just think that’s neat.
What games are you pumped to see? Is the Knicks’ relatively difficult schedule (as far as rest) a nouveau frozen envelope, designed to help them land a top-three pick in next summer’s draft? Or just a clever ruse to get our hopes up early so they’re dashed into even tinier pieces come the lottery? Speak and be heard, brethren and sisteren!