John Wall will have his eyes on Kentucky as it tries to advance to the Final Four of the NCAA tournament on Sunday. But he’ll also be hoping for a loss. “If the Knicks lose I’ll be more excited. Then I know I’ll be playing in the playoffs,” he said.
The New York Knicks play at the Golden State Warriors on Sunday, and a loss will officially clinch a playoff berth for the Wizards (38-35). They haven’t qualified since 2008.
(UPDATE: Knicks beat the Warriors 89-84, Wizards must wait to clinch playoffs)
“We just trying to play basketball the right way like we did the last two games and find a way to win. We had a bad stretch on that West coast trip and came back and lost games then came back and got back on the right track,” Wall said of recovering from the 1-3 road swing to win their last two at Verizon Center, including Saturday's 101-97 win vs. the Atlanta Hawks. “We’re just trying to stay that way. We knew these two games are pretty big for us and the game on Monday is even bigger in Charlotte which is coming and trying to get our (No.) 6 spot. “
In his 16th season, Al Harrington isn't going to spend time getting updates on the Knicks.
"I don’t care. I don’t get into all that," he said. "I just worry about what we got to do."
If the Knicks pull off the upset, the Wizards can seal the berth by beating the Bobcats on Monday (CSN, 7 p.m. ET). They're one of the NBA's hottest teams and are nipping at the Wizards' heels. No one wants to be a No. 7 or 8 seed because it would mean a first-round playoff meeting with the Indiana Pacers or Miami Heat.
"I wasn’t too concerned about a little more cushion," Wizards coach Randy Wittman said of being three games ahead of the Bobcats after beating the Hawks. "I’m more concerned with us. Let’s get playing positive, consistent, feeling good about ourselves, how we’re playing, the style we’re playing, the intensity we’re playing with. That’s more of what I'm concerned about these last nine games."