Game On: Wizards-Knicks preview

Game On: Wizards-Knicks preview
December 16, 2013, 11:30 am
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The Knicks are in a bit of disarray, in part, because of injuries. The Wizards are in disarray because of injuries to starters, too. Regardless, Knicks coach Mike Woodson and Wizards coach Randy Wittman were expected to have better results at this point and both are on the hot seat.

TV: CSN, 7:30 p.m. ET at Madison Square Garden. Radio: 106.7 FM. 1500 AM.

Last game: Wizards (9-13) lost to the Los Angeles Clippers 113-97 on Saturday, their fourth defeat in a row; Knicks (7-16) beat the Atlanta Hawks 111-106 Saturday. 

Last meeting: Wizards beat the Knicks 98-89 at Verizon Center on Nov. 23.

Projected starting lineups: Wizards –- PG John Wall, SG Trevor Ariza, SF Martell Webster, PF Trevor Booker, C Marcin Gortat. Knicks –- PG Iman Shumpert, SG Pablo Prigioni, SF Carmelo Anthony, SF J.R. Smith, C Andrea Bargnani.

Entry passes: 1). Webster hasn't made a three-pointer in the last two games. 2). Smith has been admonished by Knicks coach Mike Woodson for taking too many bad shots, so now he's hardly taking any. 3). Gortat isn't pleased that he's having to play so far away from the basket and believes that's why he has been sub-par lately. 4). Can Wizards take a big lead early and hold it? 5). Rookie Otto Porter didn't score in the last game but if he can chip in 7-10 points when minutes count -- not in garbage time -- that'll be a good sign for the reserves.

X-factors: The status of PF Nene (sore right foot) could change at any time. He likely will test it Monday to determine if he can play. ... Kevin Seraphin is coming off his best game of the season with 16 points and could help the Wizards get by, but he has had issues with swelling in his right knee ... SG Bradley Beal (lower right leg) has yet to partake in a full practice. 

He said it: “New York. That is all we have to think about now, going into New York." -- Wittman

Around the bend: The Wizards traveled to New York and will shoot around Monday morning. They'll stay in the area until Wednesday's game at the Brooklyn Nets (CSN, 7:30).