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    Washington Wizards Game Thread: New York Knicks vs Washington Wizards 25/3/2021 7:30 pm [Game #45]





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    Injury Report

    Washington Wizards New York Knicks
    Davis Bertans - Strained right calf (OUT) Elfrid Payton - Sore right hamstring (PROB)
    Ish Smith - Right proximal quadriceps injury (OUT) Derrick Rose - Conditioning (QUEST)
    Thomas Bryant - Torn ACL (OUT) Reggie Bullock - Sprained right ankle
    - Nerlens Noel - Sore right shoulder (OUT)
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    An agonizing one-point loss to the best team in the Eastern Conference resulted in Julius Randle being infuriated with the officiating. His response was to come out firing and rarely miss from 3-point range.

    With Randle coming off one of his biggest nights of his season, the New York Knicks hope to see another standout performance from their All-Star on Thursday night when they host the struggling Washington Wizards for the second straight game.

    The Knicks will get a chance to go back over the .500 mark for the fourth time since Feb. 27 after rolling to a 131-113 win over Washington on Tuesday night. The win occurred two nights after Randle was upset about a foul call in the waning seconds of overtime that led to Philadelphia's Tobias Harris hitting the game-winning free throws to hand New York a 101-100 loss.

    "No, I didn't need motivation," Randle said. "My motivation is just to win games and do my part for this team. So, I didn't need any extra motivation."

    Randle was fined $15,000 Tuesday for criticizing officials and then scored 37 points in New York's second-highest scoring game of the season. It was Randle's fifth game of least 30 points, and he tied a career high by hitting seven 3-pointers to raise his percentage to a career-best 42.8 percent -- up from 27.7 percent last season when New York was 21-45 and among eight teams not invited to the NBA bubble last summer.

    "It feels a lot different," Randle said. "This overall group, our preparation, how we approach games, our confidence, everything is just a lot different. Guys are rolling with it. We're having fun doing it. We're winning games."

    New York lost four of six before Tuesday, a stretch that included a five-point loss in Brooklyn on March 15, when Randle was upset at Scott Foster for a last-second traveling call, and a three-point loss in Philadelphia two nights later when the Knicks scored 14 points in the fourth quarter.

    Washington started 6-17 and then won eight of 11. Since a 119-117 home win over the Los Angeles Clippers on March 4, the Wizards have lost seven of eight by allowing 124.9 points per game, and star Bradley Beal is hoping the team actually shows up Thursday night.

    "I don't think we even arrived to the arena tonight, honestly," Beal said. "We were still in the hotel today and we didn't bring any focus, any energy, and we didn't damn sure play defense. So that's why we lost."

    Beal scored 22 points on 6-of-15 shooting while Russell Westbrook was held to 14 points. It was only the seventh time Beal finished under 25 points and it occurred two nights after he was held to 17 during a 113-106 loss at Brooklyn.

    After the Wizards allowed 130 points for the ninth time this season and an opponent to shoot at least 50 percent from the field for the 14th time, Beal did not hesitate to rattle off the numerous things they did wrong.

    "You can control playing hard, you can control being physical, you can control running the floor, you can control boxing your man out, you can control setting the screen, you can control coming off the screen very hard, you can control not turning the ball over," Beal said. "It's a lot of stuff that we can control that we don't do."

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    Bullock and Noel both out injured. Still no Rose.

    Starting lineup is Payton, Ntilikina, RJ, Randle, and MRob.

    Burks staying in the 2nd unit with Quickley, which has worked well.

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    RJ turns the ball over on multiple consecutive possessions to start the 2nd quarter and suddenly Washington has opened up a double digit lead. Knicks look like they are sleepwalking.

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    Knicks miss 1st 8 3-point attempts before Quickley finally hits one to cut lead to 9.

    If defense steps back up and does what it did on Tuesday night, no reason we canít comeback.

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    Well into the 2nd quarter, Randle has 3 assists, Taj has 1 assist, and every other Knick has zero assists. Awful. Very hard to get guys going when the ball movement is this bad.

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    Thanks for the Game-Thread Rady .. I'm liking the 2nd unit lineup come-back in the 2nd qtr. being lead by my ROY Quickley !!!

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    Mitchell Robinson is 1-4 in his NBA career shorting behind 10 feet. Man, thatís awful. 3 years and heís attempted 4 ďoutsideĒ shots.

    Knicks canít make a shot tonight, but still within striking distance... down 14.

    NY 1-12 from downtown and have allowed 28 points in the paint already.

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    Didnít show up tonight. Thibs is livid. Knicks at risk of getting blown out.

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    Oh No .. should have left the 2nd unit lineup in the game a extra 3 to 5 more minute ..
    Randle want Frank and MitchRob to screen and PnR for him like Bullock does ..
    Westbrook messing up the little chemistry Payton RJ and Randle have .. 56-42 Wiz .. one minute before halftime

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    Randle and RJ are a combined 4-19 with 12 points as this nears the half... somehow. Knicks only trail by 13.

    But, we ainít good enough to beat Beal and Westbrook twice in a back2back.

    Huge game tho... difference between 4-4 since half or 3-5 and back under .500

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    Thumbs down

    Thibs not looking good for a series .. hope he got a 2nd half plan better than the 1st half plan,
    Dang, we should've traded Payton today !!!

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    60-45...

    EP has 0 assists and 3 turnovers. Hard to fathom there wasnít a PG available better than EP.

    Rose canít be trusted... and best suited for the second unit.

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    1-17 from the 3-ball line .. I hate the new NBA !!!

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    NY nOw 1-17 from downtown... WAS has 10
    Turnovers, but we only have 8 points off that. We have 11 off rebounds but only a few points off that.

    Hard to score when you canít shoot and EP is on the court running your offense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mafra View Post
    60-45...

    EP has 0 assists and 3 turnovers. Hard to fathom there wasn’t a PG available better than EP.

    Rose can’t be trusted... and best suited for the second unit.
    Rose on strike again lol

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