It’s a pretty safe bet the Wizards will go the entire 2012-13 season without seeing the kind of performance New York Knicks forward Steve Novak showed Thursday night.
Novak shot an astounding 7-for-7 from three-point range and scored all of his 21 points from beyond the arc in the Knicks’ 108-101 win over the Wizards at Verizon Center.
“He can shoot the ball, honestly,” marveled Wizards rookie Bradley Beal. “It’s ridiculous how quick he is. It’s hard to [stop] him because you have to run out there and contest it and make him put it on the floor. But as soon as you get out there [the shot] is going up. He’s a great shooter and we have to figure it out.”
While Novak was lights out on Thursday night, he wasn’t the only one hitting from long range. The Knicks were good on 18 of their 3-point attempts. Wizards coach Randy Wittman said there are lessons that can be learned from their inability to defend the three.
“That’s an area of concern because we did go over [New York’s] personnel, and we know one thing Novak can do – shoot -- and we looked shocked when he made some.
“It looked like, ‘Are you kidding me? He made a shot?’ That’s a little disconcerting to me because that was a thing that we did talk about in terms of personnel, that you make him put it on the floor.”
Wittman noted that the only shot Novak missed Thursday night was the one he took inside the arc.
“We made him put it on the floor twice, and he threw up a rainbow,” Wittman said. “That was the only time. And that’s just going out and not thinking. We’ve got to learn from that. It happened last year. We did the same thing last time we played him. Those things we have to learn from.”