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J.R. Smith

What NBA teams will surprise, disappoint?

Knicks and Pacers

Brian Schmitz

Orlando Sentinel

Look for the Knicks, America's (and Asia's) Team, to be the biggest disappointment.


There's two problems: 1) You play with only one basketball, meaning 'Melo, Amare and J.R. Smith must pry it from Jeremy Lin's hands; 2) Nineteen of the Knicks' remaining 31 games are against clubs who currently are seeded.

The Knicks will face top defensive teams, including three against the Bulls.

More disappointments: No-depth Lakers, Magic after Dwight Howard trade, Michael Jordan as an exec.

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