2009 Game Preview: Knicks vs. Wizards
Hello all. This is going to be a quick and dirty game preview because I am swamped with work. So I am going to give you the best that my 1 hour lunch break will allow. So no jokes, and only meta-human analysis instead of my normal super-human analysis. I bearly have time to this edit, so pleaze furgive any speeling errors ore mistakes gramatikal.
New York (14-22) hosts Washington (7-30)
New York faces Washington for the third time this season. New York is 2-0 against Washington so far this season.
|New York Knicks-Offense||97.6||105.8||49.2||15.6||23.4||20.3|
|New York Knicks-Defense||97.9||108.6||51.7||15.2||26.9||20|
[Interesting note: New York no longer leads the league in pace having slipped behind Golden State by 2/10ths of a point. New York held the top spot most of the season. Is this a consequence of a shortened rotation, tired players, a change in style, a commitment to defense (ha!), or the natural result of moving Crawford and Randolph? I'm not sure, but I may look into it when I have a bit more time.]
Injury report: Gilbert Arenas out (knee), DeShawn Stevenson out (back), Brendan Haywood out (knee), Antwan Jamison highly probable though he did miss practice this week with a knee strain.
Gallanari out (back), Marbury out (people skills).
What to watch for: Defense. After losses to the T-Wolves and Thunder, it is clear that New York can lose to any team on any night if they do not commit to playing strong team defense. While Washington does not have very good team numbers on offense (25th in efficiency, 27 eFG%), Washington does have a few very talented offensive players in Jamison (49.4 eFG%, 22.5 USG-r) and Butler (47.6 eFG%, 24.0 USG-r). Washington’s offense has improved slightly since Nick Young (47.9 eFG%)-17 points in 19 minutes off 6-10 shooting in the last meeting-took the starting job from Stevenson (39.7 eFG%). Washington has no solid post scorers though Jamison can be effective in the paint.
What to watch for 2: Washington’s new look backcourt. Washington has revamped the backcourtsince the last meeting with New York. Stevenson has been benched and Washington traded Antonio Daniels. Javaris Critteton (33.3 eFG%) and Mike James (42.9 eFG%) were brought in via trades. The new backcourt is playing better than the old one (that aint saying much) but it is still a backcourt that features below average ball handling skills ( James 10.5 TO-r, Crittenton 17.5 TO-r). James has been a 20 ppg scorer in his career, but Young is far more dangerous. New York should not take this backcourt lightly.
What to watch for 3: Ball movement and penetration. Washington is a very weak team on defense (28th in efficiency 110.9, 30th in eFG% 52.5). The bulk of playing time at center is given to the inexperienced (rookie JaVale McGee) and the ineffective (Andray Blatche). McGee is the only player averaging at least 1 block per 36 minutes, so the Knicks should look to get to the basket and set up easy finishes for Lee off dribble penetration. Don’t fall in love with the outside shot against this team, the paint should be open for business.
What to watch for 4: Jared Jeffries. JJ played for Washington his first four years in the league. He left Washington feeling somewhat undervalued by the team. I expecta big effort from him tonight. Look for JJ to score 6 points on 3-18 shooting (from the line), with 8 rebounds. Hey, that’s big for him.
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