The New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets will each be put to the test this week. The Knicks will try to remain undefeated with their first multi-game road trip of the year, which includes a trip to San Antonio, while the Nets will be on national TV Thursday against Boston.
Both the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets take the court on Tuesday and Thursday nights, with the Knicks trying to stay undefeated and the Nets hoping to keep rolling after a pair of wins against the Orlando Magic.
The 4-0 Knicks have the lowly Magic next on the docket, which really shouldn't provide much of a problem if they continue their strong play as they take their first extended road trip of the year. New York played its worst game of the year Friday night and still managed a double-digit win against the Dallas Mavericks. The Magic are not the Mavericks, having failed to clear 80 points in each of their last three games as they predictably struggle to find anything offensively with Glen Davis leading the team in shots per game with nearly 19. After that, things get tough for New York as they face a very similar team in the San Antonio Spurs. Both veteran squads are in the bottom 10 in pace and top 10 in defensive efficiency. New York has been able to win comfortably on the strength of great perimeter shooting combined with spectacular defense, but could be in line for a loss if either goes by the wayside for an evening.
The Nets are feeling good after crushing the Magic by 39 and then winning despite a poor defensive performance that saw them muster under 20 in three of four quarters in the second half of the home-and-home. On Tuesday night, the Nets will face the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are on a three-game losing streak. There's a youth movement in Cleveland, as Kyrie Irving is following up on his rookie of the year campaign with 22.9 points and 6.3 assists while Dion Waiters is shooting over 50 percent from three in the early going, but they've only mustered a pair of wins in seven outings. Thursday night they'll be on national TV against the Boston Celtics, who provide a similarly strong first unit to Brooklyn, albeit with a little bit more past success and experience together. That said, the C's have struggled in the early going, sitting at .500 without a win by more than six points.
Here's a look at both team's upcoming schedules:
New York Knicks
Tuesday, Nov. 13: @ Orlando Magic, 7 p.m., MSG
Thursday, Nov. 15: @ San Antonio Spurs, 8:30 p.m., MSG
Tuesday, Nov. 13: vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, 8 p.m., YES
Thursday, Nov. 15: vs. Boston Celtics, 8 p.m., TNT