Friday, March 1, 2013
W2W4: Knicks at Wizards
By Ian Begley
The Knicks say they are out for payback tonight against the Wizards for the way they were treated in D.C. in a rough loss three weeks ago.
Here are a few things to watch during the game:
THE GREAT WALL: The Knicks were torched by John Wall in a Feb. 6 loss at the Verizon Center. Wall had 21 points and nine assists and burned the Knicks repeatedly on the pick-and-roll. With Golden State's Stephen Curry coming off a 54-point game, it will be interesting to see how the Knicks deal with Wall, another top-flight point guard.
He doesn't have the same caliber shot as Curry, but Wall can get to the basket and create on the pick-and-roll, something the Knicks have struggled to defend for the better part of two months.
Wall has struggled of late, though, averaging 10.2 points on 29.6 percent shooting in his last five games.
MELO LOVES D.C.:Carmelo Anthony was one of the few Knicks to play well in the loss earlier this month. He had 31 points and nine rebounds in that game and has averaged 28.3 points per game at Washington -- his third most in any NBA city.
NO CAMBY TONIGHT; MAYBE SUNDAY? According to reports, Mike Woodson said at Friday's shootaround that Marcus Camby will not play against Washington. The coach did not rule out the possibility that Camby could play against Miami on Sunday.
Camby has been sidelined since Jan. 10 with a plantar fascia injury in his left foot.
Also worth noting: How many minutes will Kenyon Martin get against Washington? Martin made his Knicks debut Wednesday against Golden State, playing five minutes. He did not score or grab a rebound but was active defensively.