Knicks-Wizards

Knicks (14-9) v. Wizards (6-15) Face-to-Face Preview

Knicks fans expect their heroes to have a 15-9 record after playing the practically listless Wizards who are dealing with injuries to Andre Blatche and John Wall.  The Wizards’ saving grace is that they will be playing at home, but the Knicks should be thinking the home team will need much more than a boisterous sixth man (or woman) to stay in this game.

 

KNICKS

New York Knicks

Overall Analysis and Expectations

“That is why they play the game.” Why is that? Oh, because sometimes the unexpected happens.  Or is it because, sometimes teams need to pad their stats? Currently, This Wizards team is so bad that it does not deserve a preview as much as a funeral parlor viewing. They just ended a three game west coast swing where they lost each game by an average of 16 points. They had 24 turnovers in their last game against the horrid Sacto Kings.  There is no way in H-E-double toothpicks that they can hang with a team that plays most of 48 minutes.  Can I say, book it (in the win column) Dano? Maybe not, since they’re at home and Gilbert Arenas might take playing the Knicks seriously. We’ll see.

WIZARDS

PG

Raymond Felton


Toney Douglas

The bad news is that John Wall may not play because of foot pain which has shifted from his arch to his toes.  That leaves Kirk Hinrich who had five turnovers to three assists against Sacto.  He may be suited as a veteran back-up for Wall, but do you believe that he could really survive an intense barrage of effort from Raymond Felton and Toney Douglas.  Don’t think so.

PG

John Wall  Wall

Kirk HinrichHinrich

SG

Landry Fields


Bill Walker

 Gilbert Arenas is the elephant in the Wizards locker room. His nonchalance is legend and apparently hasn’t changed as exhibited by his 12 turnovers in the last two games.  He was not in the starting line-up until he was paired with Wall against the Lakers; still he is averaging 33 minutes a game, scoring 17.4 pts. and dishing 5.1 assist per game.  Nick Young had a bad shooting night (1-8, 3 points) against the Kings but he continues to hustle.  Expect him to pressure the ball and take charges. Fields should have a good game against this low-effort team.  Shawne Williams despite going scoreless in his last game is probably still ahead of Walker in the rotation these days.

SG

Gilbert ArenasArenas

Nick YoungYoung

SF

 

Danilo Gallinari

Anthony Randolph

Gallo was aggressive against his pal A, Bargnani and the Raptors to the tune of 20 points and 9 rebounds.  This is  a good game to shore up that confidence in preparation for better defenses. The Wiz’s leading scorer, Andre Batche was inactive for the Kings game due to a hip bruise.  Al Thornton started in his place and assumed the scoring load by pouring in mid-range jumpers to the tune of 20 points in 33 minutes. He exhibited no inside game and had only one board against the Kings.  

SF

 Al ThorntonThornton

 Cartier MartinMartin

PF

 

Amare Stoudemire

 

 

 Seraphin starting in the place of JaVale McGee is nothing more than a sign of the Coach’s frustration and the dissarray amongst the players.  Seraphin is only playing limited minutes.  In 16 minutes against the Kings, he had four points and seven rebounds. Yi Jianlian, the 7’0 power forward has a tendency to disappear or to seem soft despite a decent jumper.  It shouldn’t be surprising if Studdy scores 50 tonight the way he has been playing.  If he doesn’t, it might be because of his unselfishness as opposed to the fact that Flip has been preaching defense to his squad which performed well against the Lakers before losing by 7.

PF

Kevin Seraphin

Seraphin

Yi JianlianJianlian

C

Timofey Mozgov


Rony Turiaf


JaVale McGee was sent to the bench in response to his poor play, but he still gets starter minutes.  He’s raw but not Anthony Randolph raw.  He is very athletic at 7’0 and tough to handle defensively.  He can pop a 15 footer and will block shots. Booker is small, 6’8″, to play center, but he is very active and does not need the ball to be relatively effective.   In thirty minutes against the Kings, he had five boards, two assists, one block, and one steal.  Turiaf is fighting knee problems and Mozgov is fighting adjustment to the NBA problems.  Turiaf is ineffective offensively but provides as much energy and rebounding as he physically can.

C

Trevor Booker Booker

JaVale McGeeMcGee