New York Knicks (13-4) vs. Miami Heat (12-4)
On the first Friday of the season, the Knicks had a chance to make a statement. There was a lot of emotion at Madison Square Garden that night. New York's previous game against Brooklyn was postponed due to Hurricane Sandy and there were still a lot of people who were unsure whether the city was ready (even logistically) to host a mega NBA game between the Knicks and Heat.
Carmelo Anthony stepped up to the microphone beforehand and thanked the fans who showed up. Dwyane Wade donated his salary for the game to hurricane relief efforts.
In the end, all that was left was to play a basketball game. New York certainly did in that 104-84 national TV shellacking dealt out to the defending champions. But one game in the first week of the season hardly means anything. Perhaps even another game in early December will mean little too.
But for a Knicks franchise trying to reclaim legitimacy and a spot atop the Eastern...