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The NBA Just Canceled Some Nice Knicks Games

MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 27:  Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks drives past LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat during a game at American Airlines Arena on February 27, 2011 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) You won't see this at the Garden in November.

So the NBA canceled the first two weeks of the regular season last night, which everybody saw coming, so we aren't crying about it this morning. It's two weeks! The NBA season is so long already! Of course, that's how all this starts, and next thing you know it's January, and you have a junk season like you did in 1998-99 ... or worse, no season at all. But it's not just two weeks of the year. It's actual games that are gone, and will never return. The Knicks lost seven, in one stroke of David Stern's (surely quite nice) pen. Those'll hurt.

It's sad, then, to look at the official Knicks schedule page: Suddenly, it's November 16, not November 2, like it was supposed to be. Here are the games the Knicks lost last night:

November 2: Miami, 8 p.m.
November 5: at Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m.
November 6: at Detroit, 7 p.m.
November 8: Oklahoma City, 7:30 p.m.
November 9: at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.
November 12: Indiana, 7:30 p.m.
November 14: at Utah, 9 p.m.

Those games are poof, gone. That opening night versus Miami was gonna be a fun one, and this means that Kevin Durant and the Thunder won't be coming to the Garden at all this year.

Also: Missing those first two weeks means the Knicks are gonna start the year off on a gnarly road trip. Here's how the sked begins now:

November 16: at Denver, 10:30 p.m.
November 17: at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.
November 20: at Phoenix, 8 p.m.
November 21: at Sacramento, 10 p.m.
November 25: at New Jersey, 7:30 p.m.
November 26: at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
November 28: Washington, 7:30 p.m.
November 30: Orlando, 7:30 p.m.

Never ideal to start your season with six straight road games. But there is good news! It's highly unlikely the NBA and the players are going to come to an agreement anytime soon, which means those games are surely going to be wiped out pretty soon. Yay. Yippee. [cries]

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