Fast forward to March, when teams are fighting hard for playoff berths and home-court advantage, and the best regular season NBA basketball is played. We’re post-All-Star break, when road trips to Minnesota are met with focus and determination instead of laughter and after hour visits to disappointing strip clubs. This game in the United Center takes place on a Monday night, nationally televised on ESPN; it’s a big one. The Bulls were three games from playing in the NBA Finals last year. They finished the regular season with the league’s best record, and hold rights to the youngest MVP in the sport’s history. Looking at the match-up right now, beating them would be a statement in the right direction and losing would let the Knicks know how far they need to go if they want to be on top. It’s a benchmark. If the Knicks are going to put together a significant playoff run, they’ll need to show they can consistently stand up to the Chicagos, Bostons, and Miamis of the world. Being that this one’s in front of the entire country, it’s a good place to start.