5 Important Early Games For New York Knicks In 2014-15

5 Important Early 2014-15 Games For New York Knicks

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The New York Knicks are under a new regime and looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2013-14 season. Derek Fisher will have his hands full right from the start with installing a brand new system and a challenging start to their season. Here are five important games early on for the Knicks in the 2014-15 season.

5. Oct. 29 vs. Chicago Bulls

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5. Oct. 29 vs. Chicago Bulls

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The season opener is always an important game, especially when it’s against one of the supposed top teams in the Eastern Conference. This one will have some added intrigue after the Carmelo Anthony free agency sweepstakes this summer, as the Bulls were one of the biggest competitors bidding against the Knicks. Derrick Rose should be making his much anticipated return to the court as well, making for a big time matchup to start the season.

4. Oct. 30 at Cleveland Cavaliers

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4. Oct. 30 at Cleveland Cavaliers

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The Knicks will be the visitors for LeBron James' first game back in Cleveland. On the second night of a back-to-back, the Knicks will be the first team to take on the new-look Cavaliers Big 3 of James, Kyrie Irving and potentially Kevin Love. It will be a tall task taking down the Cavs in their home opener, but the Knicks usually get up for big games. There aren’t many bigger in the early going for the Knickerbockers.

3. Nov. 7 at Brooklyn Nets

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3. Nov. 7 at Brooklyn Nets

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This will be the first of four meetings between the crosstown rivals. The rivalry between the Knicks and Nets has been a little lackluster since their move to Brooklyn, but it is a game that both teams will always have circled on the calendar to take New York supremacy. The Knicks have to be a little envious of the Nets making the playoffs last season while they watched from home, adding a little intrigue to this early season matchup.

2. Nov. 8 and 10 vs. Atlanta Hawks

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2. Nov. 8 and 10 vs. Atlanta Hawks

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The Hawks are one of the teams the Knicks will be competing with in the middle of the Eastern Conference for the playoffs. Last season the Knicks blew a big lead against the Hawks in February, which loomed large as they finished one game behind them in the standings for the playoffs. The Knicks need to perform better against the supposed lesser teams in the league, and this early season back-to-back with the Hawks is a good starting spot.

1. Nov. 28 at Oklahoma City Thunder

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1. Nov. 28 at Oklahoma City Thunder

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Intra-conference games do not normally carry the intrigue this one will. Derek Fisher will be making his return to the team he played for just three short months ago, but this time as head coach of the opposing team. The Thunder are one of the best teams in the NBA, so how Fisher prepares his team will be something worth watching. This is a good early test for Fisher and the Knicks as they look to bounce back this season.

Kenneth Teape is a New York Giants writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @teapester725 or join his Google network

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