When: 7:00 PM
Where: Verizon Center
Starting Lineups (Subject To Change)
PG: John Wall
SF: Martell Webster
C: Emeka Okafor
PG: Raymond Felton
SG: James White
SF: Iman Shumpert
PF: Carmelo Anthony
C: Tyson Chandler
Matthew Falkenbury, theKnicksBlog.com
It’s Friday Night Knicks and our beloved boys in blue and orange are in the Nations Capital to see if they can exact a little revenge from a loss early last month against the Washington Wizards.
The Knicks last time out against the Wizards allowed the worst offensive team in the league to beat them with the three and with John Wall running all over the place.
It also ended what was a five game winning streak and sent them into a bit of a tail spin that did not end until this past Sunday. So will the Knicks, who have a big game coming up on Sunday against Miami, get caught again by this improved and yet still bad Wizards team?
Carmelo Anthony doesn’t think so…
“We’ve got one game on our mind, and that’s the Wizards,” Anthony said. “That’s kind of a payback game for us. We felt like last time we went down there, we were supposed to win that game, so that’s kind of a payback game.”
Payback would be nice. Losing like they did last time to the Wizards, getting hammered in the fourth quarter was particularly frustrating to watch, was a precursor to the bad play we saw in the five games after.
Now, the one thing that worries me is the very talented John Wall playing the anything but talented perimeter defense of the Knicks. Now Wall has been in a bit of a slump recently but it seems like every point guard takes their game to another level against the Knicks. Wall is not a great shooter, but is extremely fast and gets to the rim easily.
Lets be perfectly honest, this is a Tailor-Made Friday Night Knicks, Robert Randolph curse game tonight. You have a bad team the Knicks should beat who have played better recently on top of the fact you got the Miami Heat looming on Sunday.
If you looked up the textbook definition of a trap game, this is it.
The Knicks have played better recently and have motivation to win after losing to the Wiz last time out, so maybe this wont be a trap game. But, it’s Friday Night and Robert Randolph is more powerful than you could even imagine.
Five Questions About Tonight’s Game
- Will the Knicks letdown against Washington because they are looking ahead to Miami?
- Can the Knicks slow down John Wall?
- What can Tyson Chandler do for an encore to his 28 rebound game?
- Will Jason Kidd ever make another three pointer?
- Can Iman Shumpert keep up his aggressive defense from last game?