The Knicks' start has been thrilling and exciting and bewildering and all sorts of great things, but one thing it hasn't been is overwhelming. You've had to pay super-close attention to even notice, because the Knicks' run has been a meandering one, thanks only to the schedule. Even though the season has been going for almost two weeks now, the Knicks have only played four games. That's the fewest in the NBA, and actually half the number that six other teams have played. The Knicks are an idled runaway train.
That'll change tonight, though, finally: The Knicks kick off a three-game road trip in Orlando tonight. You may remember Orlando from the two games the Nets used to get themselves healthy over the last week. The Nets had suffered a tough late loss to Minnesota and a blowout to Miami, but a home-and-home with the Magic was just what they needed. They're now 3-2 and avoiding all those "hey, it's like they're still in New Jersey!" cracks. The Magic, as Seth memorably put it in his SB Nation power rankings (which you should definitely be reading every week), "Here is your answer to 'What happens if you take an already pretty weak rebuilding team and remove several key players?'"
Still, the Knicks have been off so long — one game in the last seven days — that it's possible everyone's bones atrophied. So a road trip may come in handy. Orlando kicks off six of the next seven games on the road. The one home game is against Indiana on November 18, a game that's sandwiched between road games against Orlando, San Antonio, Memphis, New Orleans, Dallas, and Houston. If the Knicks end that stretch 4-3, you've got to be pleased with that, right? We would think so.
One of the unheralded but key parts to the Knicks' start has been the play of Ronnie Brewer. Brewer was expected to make his primary contributions on defense, but some were even concerned about that after he came into camp a little heavier than he'd been in past seasons. But he's been terrific, even draining three-pointers, hitting 7-of-13. (His highest season percentage of his career was 27.5 percent.) A team off to a 4-0 start gets help from everybody, and the Knicks have been getting it everywhere. The question tonight is whether or not they even remember that they're hot.