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    Washington Wizards Game Thread: New York Knicks @ Washington Wizards 6:00 3/25/2018 [Game #74]





    (26-47) -- (40-32)

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    Capital One Arena, Washington, DC MSG 6:00 PM EST


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    Injury Report

    New York Knicks Washington Wizards
    Ron Baker - Right Shoulder Injury (OUT) John Wall - Left Knee Surgery (OUT)
    Kristaps Porzingis - Torn Left ACL (OUT) Devin Robinson - G-League assignment
    Joakim Noah - Personal Reasons (NWT) Chris McCullough-G League assignment
    Lance Thomas - Personal Reasons (NWT) -

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    WASHINGTON -- The Washington Wizards are close to clinching a playoff berth.

    What spot they will be in is far from decided.

    Following their 108-100 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Friday night, the Wizards -- with visions of finishing as high as third in the Eastern Conference -- find themselves closer to eighth.

    Washington (40-32) is sixth -- three games behind the No. 3 Cleveland Cavaliers and two games ahead of the No. 8 Milwaukee Bucks. It is two games out of fourth place and home-court advantage in the first round, but its magic number to clinch a playoff berth is two.

    The Wizards have lost two straight, but four of their next five games are against non-playoff teams, beginning Sunday afternoon when they host the New York Knicks (26-47).

    Washington remains without point guard John Wall, but not for much longer. On Saturday, Wall was a full participant in practice for the first time since undergoing surgery on his left knee Jan. 31, meaning his return is near.

    "They were excited to have John out there playing on both ends of the court with the contact," Wizards coach Scott Brooks told TheSportsCapitol.com. "I thought he was great with everything. He's a freak of nature. You just think he's been with us all this time the way he handles the ball, the way he passes. Just gives us that dynamic that every team would love to have."

    Wall last played on Jan. 25 against the Oklahoma City Thunder. He has missed the Wizards' last 24 games and 35 overall.

    "It's fluid," Brooks told TheSportsCapitol.com of Wall's recovery timeline. "I don't know how many (practices) he will need before we're all are comfortable, but it's leaning toward that way. He won't play (Sunday). Then we have a couple of more practices this week. See how it goes from there before we start thinking about which games he'll play in."

    Against Denver, Washington fell behind early after scoring 15 points in the first quarter. It trailed by 14 points in the third quarter but rallied to within two before Will Barton's 3 expanded the Denver lead to five points with 1:22 remaining.

    Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 24 points and four players scored between 11 and 17 points. Washington turned the ball over 17 times -- leading to 19 Denver points -- while getting only 10 turnovers from the Nuggets.

    New York (26-47) plays three games in the next four days.

    The Knicks also posted a second-half rally Friday night, but ultimately fell to the Minnesota Timberwolves 108-104 on despite Tim Hardaway Jr.'s career-high 39 points.

    Coach Jeff Hornacek shook up his lineup during the loss.

    Guards Trey Burke and rookie Frank Ntilikina started the second half, while starters Emmanuel Mudiay and Courtney Lee sat. Lee played in the fourth quarter, but Mudiay, who has started 14 straight games, did not.

    Burke scored 15 points and added nine assists. Ntilikina added 13 points in a career-high 37 minutes.

    "It's just a matter of those guys were playing well and (we) gave them the most minutes," Hornacek told Newsday.

    Mudiay, who played with a slightly sprained ankle Wednesday in Miami, was scoreless in just under five minutes of action Friday night against the Heat. The Knicks trailed 15-7 when he was removed from the game.

    Hornacek said he hadn't decided who will be in the starting backcourt on Sunday.

    "We haven't even thought about that game yet," he told the New York Post after Friday's game. "I liked what our two guys did tonight. Emmanuel might not have had it tonight, but we'll see."
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    Starters will be

    Burke/Knits/THJR/Beasley/Kanter

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    Quote Originally Posted by Broadway View Post
    Starters will be

    Burke/Knits/THJR/Beasley/Kanter
    Better late than never.

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    Quote Originally Posted by htr10 View Post
    Better late than never.

    I doubt it makes a difference, Hornacek really doesn't have a clue and isn't/hasn't developing/developed any player on this team all yr. Knits started but still plays off ball and does very little in the scheme of whatever we're doing

    This is window dressing for fans who are pressing to see something different, nothing more

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    Notice the 2nd unit is playing better than the 1st
    Notice Hornacek is rocking with them longer
    Notice they are playing against some of Washington's 2nd unit
    Notice the +/-
    Notice Hornacek never really gave a Mudiay/Knits backcourt a real chance, it's really either or with no rhyme or reason
    Notice Hornacek basically watches the scoreboard and decides how he's going to coach a game


    Just trash, this is why you have certain guys not putting consecutive productive games together because he's destroying rhythms and the ability for guys to gain confidence. Meanwhile you have a guy like Kornet his shot could be off for several gms and/or not providing much else(playing well today), he gets to do his thing no matter what

    BEYOND BIZARRE!!!

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    Halftime
    Knicks 61
    Wiz 53

    Duke vs Kansas going into overtime
    Tied at 72

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    Quote Originally Posted by Broadway View Post
    Notice the 2nd unit is playing better than the 1st
    Notice Hornacek is rocking with them longer
    Notice they are playing against some of Washington's 2nd unit
    Notice the +/-
    Notice Hornacek never really gave a Mudiay/Knits backcourt a real chance, it's really either or with no rhyme or reason
    Notice Hornacek basically watches the scoreboard and decides how he's going to coach a game


    Just trash, this is why you have certain guys not putting consecutive productive games together because he's destroying rhythms and the ability for guys to gain confidence. Meanwhile you have a guy like Kornet his shot could be off for several gms and/or not providing much else(playing well today), he gets to do his thing no matter what

    BEYOND BIZARRE!!!
    Wow! So True !!!

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    I wouldn't be surprise if the knicks bench players step up their game on this sunday national broadcast game to beat the Wizards .. and Hornacek tank-coaching lol !!!

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    Duke had 41 seconds to beat Kansas 3 pt lead 78 -81 .. Duke go for a 3 ball shot that miss to let Kansas grab the rebound to get foul n score on both foul shots to give Kansas a 5 pt lead with less than 20 sec left in game

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiyaman View Post
    Duke had 41 seconds to beat Kansas 3 pt lead 78 -81 .. Duke go for a 3 ball shot that miss to let Kansas grab the rebound to get foul n score on both foul shots to give Kansas a 5 pt lead with less than 20 sec left in game
    Grayson Allan sucks. Missed the game winner in regulation and did squat in OT.

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    Wiz on a 9 -0 run .. Knits n Burke need Troy n Beasley n Kanter in their lineup .. not inconsistent scorer Tim Hardaway jr

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    Mudiay playing well. Having him come off the bench seems to have lit a fire under him.

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    I believe Mudiay's performance would improve having Jack in the backcourt instead of Clee's uncreative offense game.
    Troy n Kornet's 2 way service are heating up for a Knicks win tonight .. it's up to Lance Lee n Mudiay to help building on the Knicks lead

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    Knits starts and plays 20 minutes and has 2 points (1-6 shootIng). 5 minutes left for Frank to contribute somehow on offense.
    NY up 3...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiger0330 View Post
    Mudiay playing well. Having him come off the bench seems to have lit a fire under him.
    Having Knits start didn't translate though...

    So what we're saying based on how today's game has gone Hornacek naturally believes in Mudiay. A coach can't be trying use players as examples or picking battles, he should be developing and inspiring confidence. If there were another 20gms to be played we'd see a repeat of the previous 20 based on his coaching style which is absolute garbage. May we never forget Knits is our lottery pick Mudiay isn't

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