The Washington Wizards (2-8) look to get back on track Thursday night against the New York Knicks. Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch…
WASHINGTON WIZARDS vs. NEW YORK KNICKS
Where: Verizon Center
Tip-off: 7 p.m.
TV: CSN (coverage begins at 6:30 p.m.)
Live stream: CSNmidatlantic.com
Radio: 1500 AM
Three things to watch...
Can Wall play more minutes?
The Wizards lost to the Sixers on Wednesday night, but the defeat can't be pinned on John Wall, who scored 27 points in 24 minutes and got to the foul line 12 times. Wall was on a minutes restriction and was basically conserved for the second half. He helped them charge back in the fourth quarter, but it was too little too late.
If Bradley Beal (hamstring) is out yet again, Wall's availablity will become even more important. Until the Wizards' bench can turn things around collectively, the Wizards are heavily dependent on their two best players.
Don't let Porzingis go off
The Wizards will see one of the more unique matchup problems in basketball on Thursday night in Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis, a 7-foot-3 gargantuan who can do just about everything on both ends of the floor. He's a three-point shooting, shot-blocking nightmare and he happens to be coming off the best game of his career. Porzingis went off for 35 points on 13-for-22 shooting, including 3-for-7 from three against the Pistons on Wednesday night.
Like most NBA teams, there is no obvious option for the Wizards in terms of guarding Porzingis. Otto Porter is long and could keep up with him, but Porzingis has a height advantage of seven inches. Markieff Morris is a bit taller than Porter, but is less mobile. There is simply no easy answer.
Otto on offense
Porter scored 15 points, grabbed 13 boards and had four steals against the Sixers on Wednesday, but shot just 29.4% (5-for-17). His shot was off and those issues were magnified by the absence of Beal, who can usually be counted on for scoring.
Without Wall and Beal at their full capacity, and with the Wizards' bench playing like they have, Porter's offensive output is extra important. A more efficient night for him shooting-wise could be just what Washington needs to get back on track with a win. In theory, this should be a good opportunity for offense with the Knicks holding the league's worst defensive rating.
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