The New York Knicks will try to upset the playoff-bound Wizards on Thursday as owner James Dolan as in the news again for the wrong reasons.
- New York Knicks (30-48)
- Washington Wizards (47-31)
- NBA, Thu., April. 6, 7:30 p.m. ET, MSG Network
- Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York
The Knicks are losing the season series to the Wizards 3-0. John Wall and Otto Porter has been the two most dominant players in this season series. Wall is averaging 22.3 points and 12.3 assists against the Knicks this season. Porter is averaging 18 points and six rebounds against New York.
The Wizards have had a hard time guarding Carmelo Anthony in the series. The ten-time All-Star is averaging 26.3 points and 7.3 rebounds against the superior opponent.
For the Knicks to win this matchup, they are going to have to play good defense. Washington is third in field goal percentage, fifth in points, sixth in assists and seventh in 3-point percentage.
The Knicks 26th ranked defense need to replicate Tuesday night win over the Bulls to beat the Wizards.
Key Matchup: John Wall Vs Knicks Backup Point Guards
John Wall will be facing the Knicks backup point guards. Lord knows that this game could get ugly real quick for the Knickerbockers.
Wall has been putting up MVP-like numbers in the last ten games. Wall is averaging 24.5 points shooting 47.9 percent and dishing out 9.7 assists. Wall know how to control the game, he changes the pace of the match.
The Knicks point guards are going to have a severe duty on stopping John Wall. The Knicks two point guards will be Ron Baker and Chasson Randle. Since Derrick Rose went down with his injury, Baker has stepped into the starting role. Baker in the last ten games is averaging 5.8 points and 3.3 assists.
The Knicks said Rose would be back to basketball activities in three to six weeks.
With that said, Jeff Hornacek left the door open to Rose returning to New York. Hornacek told Nick Fridell of ESPN, the team will sit down and figure out a plan going forward.
“When the season ends we’ll all sit down and try to figure out the plan going forward. Derrick did a lot of good things for us this year,” Hornacek said on Tuesday, according to ESPN.com’s Nick Friedell. “When we go over [our plans] at the end of the year, it’s a guy we’ll take a look at and see if we can bring him back.”
Executive chairman of the New York Knicks James Dolan confessed to Deadspin that he got into a loud argument with a fan named Mike Hamersky (season ticket holder).
Dolan called Hamersky an “asshole.” This argument took place at the Chicago Bulls game.
“Sell the team, Jim!” Hamersky shouted.
According to Hamersky, Silva, and Dolan, the team owner, rather than getting in the car, turned around and walked toward them, asking who yelled. Hamersky admitted/boasted it was him, and Dolan got in his face and started yelling. Dolan asked Mike Hamersky what he did for a living, and Hamersky told him he’s a lawyer. “I think he was surprised to hear that,” Hamersky says.
Hamersky says Dolan then yelled, “What if I showed up at your office and called you an asshole? Because you are an asshole!”
Dolan remembers yelling a bit more at the heckler: “What if I told you, ‘You suck at your job?’ Or, ‘How do you like losing that case?”
ESNY’s Chip Murphy‘s wrote about whether or not the Knicks would re-sign Derrick Rose.
ESNY’s Ryan Long wrote about potential point guard targets in free agency.