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Friday, September 19, 2014

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. 

TEAM POSS EFF eFG TO OREB% FT/FG
New York Knicks-Offense 97.6 105.8 49.2 15.6 23.4 20.3
Rank 2 21 14 16 28 29
Washington Wizards-Defense 90.1 110.9 52.5 16.1 28.2 22.6
Rank 22 28 30 10.5 25 11
New York Knicks-Defense 97.9 108.6 51.7 15.2 26.9 20
Rank 1 19 28 19 17 4
Washington Wizards-Offense 89.9 103.6 47.1 14.9 27.5 20.3
Rank 23 25 27 11 9 28

[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.

8 comments on “2009 Game Preview: Knicks vs. Wizards

  1. TDM

    It’ll be interesting to see if Nate is playing. I just saw a blog that there is an unconfirmed rumor that the Portland Trail Blazers have traded point guard Sergio Rodriguez to New York for point guard Nate Robinson. Apparently this was reported on a radio station in Portland owned by Paul Allen.

  2. Thomas B. Post author

    It’ll be interesting to see if Nate is playing. I just saw a blog that there is an unconfirmed rumor that the Portland Trail Blazers have traded point guard Sergio Rodriguez to New York for point guard Nate Robinson. Apparently this was reported on a radio station in Portland owned by Paul Allen.

    Serg for Nate even up? I think we got the short end on that one. Anyway, interesting note TDM but off topic. As moderator I must remind you that the topic of discussion is the amazing work Thomas B. is doing on the game previews. And to a lesser extent, the actual game.

  3. TDM

    Since it looks like I’m about to get IS’d, props to Thomas B. for the ‘people skills’ injury report for marbury.

    I’m hoping the Knicks continue distributing like they did in the Hornets game (30 assists). Jeffies, aside from his offense, had a solid all around game. Additionally, at the beginning of the season, I thought that Arenas was supposed to be back in December. Anyone know whether he had a setback?

  4. Z

    Uh Oh– Italian Stallion’s become a verb…

    KB– I like the new format, but it makes keeping up with Knickerblogger via Blackberry a bitch. Anyway to re-implement the “recent posts” link at the top of the page??

  5. Gorky

    It’ll be interesting to see if Nate is playing. I just saw a blog that there is an unconfirmed rumor that the Portland Trail Blazers have traded point guard Sergio Rodriguez to New York for point guard Nate Robinson. Apparently this was reported on a radio station in Portland owned by Paul Allen.

    Sergio is playing for Portland tonight.

  6. Owen

    From True Hoop:

    “The day started with Sergio Rodriguez being traded to New York for Nate Robinson. It ended with Rodriguez and Jerryd Bayless up for discussion as the Trail Blazers’ starting point guard tonight at New Jersey. As it turned out, the Rodriguez-for-Robinson ‘deal’ was nothing but a hoax, conjured up by talk radio that is too lazy to pick up a phone and determine what is real and what is not.”

  7. Thomas B. Post author

    Since it looks like I’m about to get IS’d, props to Thomas B. for the ‘people skills’ injury report for marbury.

    I’m hoping the Knicks continue distributing like they did in the Hornets game (30 assists). Jeffies, aside from his offense, had a solid all around game. Additionally, at the beginning of the season, I thought that Arenas was supposed to be back in December. Anyone know whether he had a setback?

    I live in DC so I hear a lot of Arenas talk. The word here is Gilbert suggested shutting it down for the year due to the Wizards’ record. There really is no need for him to rush back as the Wiz will have 40 Ls by the end of the month. Even in the East, 40 L before ground hog’s day means no post season for you. Right now the Wiz are looking forward to getting a big man in the draft. Gilbert may appear in the final month or so to show his conditioning, but the guys has had 3 surgeries on the same knee in two years. I’d just give him the rest he needs and hope he can come back strong next year. With a healthy Arenas, Nick Young, Butler, Jamison and Thabeet/Griffin in the post, the Wiz could bounce back next year.

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