After a dismal start to the season, the New York Knicks have gotten off to a very good start in the year 2014 as the Knicks come home winning two of three contests on their tough trip to Texas.
They should be 3-0 had J.R. Smith not hoisted up an ill-advised three pointer in Houston.
Wait a minute, I mean the Knicks should be 3-0 had point guard Beno Udrih not passed Smith the ball.
Regardless of Udrih foolishly doing what a point guard should do, you have to be encouraged at the Knicks start to 2014.
That start could get a whole lot better throughout the month of January.
If the Knicks are going to get back into things, they can thank the schedule makers as the month of January presents a golden opportunity to do exactly that.
Of the 13 remaining games this month the Knicks opponents have a combined record of only 214-228.
Only four of the 13 opponents (Miami, Indiana, Phoenix, and Los Angeles Clippers) have current records over .500. Of those four, only Indiana is on the road and the Clippers will be without point guard Chris Paul.
Speaking of games at home, the Knicks play 10 of the 13 remaining January games at The Garden, which should be a plus, especially since they close the month with seven straight at home.
That’s the good news.
The bad news is that the Knicks are currently only 4-12 at The Garden.
The other bad news is that despite their opponents combined record, they all have guards who can torch the Knicks.
With Raymond Felton coming back and Beno Udrih likely to serve as the No. 2 guard for now, that’s not necessarily a positive sign.
However it all depends on which Knicks team shows up.
Will we see the Knicks team that went an abysmal 9-21 to start the year or the team that looked good, going 2-1 in the state of Texas?
One way or another, the month of January will make or break the Knicks year.
When the calendar turns to February, the ship will either be righted, or it will continue to sink faster than the Titanic.