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    Washington Wizards Game Thread: New York Knicks vs Washington Wizards 23/3/2021 7:30 pm [Game #44]





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    Injury Report

    Washington Wizards New York Knicks
    Davis Bertans - Strained right calf (OUT) Austin Rivers - Trade/buyout possibility (OUT)
    Ish Smith - Right proximal quadriceps injury (OUT) Elfrid Payton - Sore right hamstring (QUEST)
    Thomas Bryant - Torn ACL (OUT) -
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    Three times in the past week, the Knicks have lost to an upper-echelon Eastern Conference team.

    The most recent defeat left the Knicks making frustrated comments about the officiating.

    New York, however, hopes it won't feel any frustration when it hosts the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night.

    The Knicks are coming off four straight games decided by five points or fewer, and their only win was 94-93 Thursday over the Orlando Magic in a game decided by Reggie Bullock's steal against Evan Fournier on Orlando's last possession.

    On Sunday, the Knicks hung with the Philadelphia 76ers for nearly three hours before falling 101-100 in overtime.

    "Everyone wants to win,'' New York's RJ Barrett said. "When we lose, especially a game like this, a game we should've won, it's a tough way to lose.''

    Barrett's comments were made after Julius Randle made incensed postgame remarks about being called for a loose-ball foul with 5.3 seconds left, allowing Tobias Harris to sink the game-winning free throws.

    "After all the fouling and everything that was going on, for them to call that and decide the game is (expletive) ridiculous," Randle said. "They have to do a better job.''

    The Knicks enter a two-game series against the Wizards with four losses in their past six games after going 8-3 in their previous 11.

    Randle scored 24 points Sunday, hit the game-tying 3-pointer in regulation but missed a potential game-winning shot with one second left in overtime. He connected on 7-of-23 from the field in 46 minutes and is shooting 40 percent (46 of 115) in his past six games.

    The Wizards can relate to some of New York's frustration from Sunday as they enter with six losses in their past seven games since a two-point win over the Los Angeles Clippers on March 4.

    The latest defeat was 113-106 Sunday in Brooklyn, when the Wizards nearly erased a 14-point deficit with a late comeback.

    The Wizards shot 53.2 percent from the field but committed 19 turnovers and were 7-of-21 from 3-point range.

    "You can still win the game," Washington coach Scott Brooks said. "We were right there with only seven makes. You've got to be able to generate points in the paint and generate points at the free-throw line."

    Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal combined for 14 turnovers on a night in which four Washington starters scored at least 17 points.

    Westbrook posted a triple-double with 29 points, 13 assists and 13 rebounds, and Beal was held to 17 points, his second-lowest figure of the season.

    The Knicks took the first meeting of the season 109-91 in Washington on Feb. 12.

    --Field Level Media

    (STATS / cbssports.com)

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    39-31 after 1st. Randle already with 14 points.

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    It would be nice for the Knicks to just put their foot on someone’s throat for once. Maybe tonight’s the night.

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    46-33 and BOOM! Beal and Westbrook can score in bunches tho...

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    Knicks lead 66 - 49 late in the 1st half. I like to think it’s because we are a much better team. We’ll see if we can show some killer instinct tonight.

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    The real MRob is back. He throws down the dunk on the missed FT putback and we lead by 20 at the half.

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    69-49 at the half... WAS 2-12 from downtown. Beal and RW loom large tho... Still, we will battle with CHI and WAS for the 9-10 spots (especially if Indy is a seller). So, at least forcing a split in these back2back vs WAS a must.

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    Wow. We look good tonight. Lead is 26 early in the 3rd quarter.

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    Some teams and some players would have a hard time bouncing back from a tough OT loss. Tonight, Knicks lead by 29 and Randle has 35 points halfway through the 3rd quarter.

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    MRob with 16 and 11. Noel has played well with MRob out, but needless to say, MRob should be getting the bulk of the minutes at center going forward.

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    RJ with 21 points. As Clyde just said, RJ looking more and more like the player he was at Duke.

    3 consecutive 20 point games for Burks.

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    Jared Harper getting some garbage time minutes.

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    Not sure what more you can say about Randle. In the closing minutes, Randle is on the sideline talking one on one with Toppin, looking like he is trying to help him breakdown the game.

    Before this season, who honestly believed Julius Randle would become the new cornerstone of this franchise?

    Knicks now 22 - 22. Dominant win. Knicks now with more wins than they had in 66 games last season. That’s progress, fellas.
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    Heat trailing big in the 4th. If Heat lose, we go into a 3-way tie for the 5th seed and only half game out of 4th seed. Staying focused on the 4th/5th seed will be big to avoid Bucks, Nets, and Sixers in the 1st round.

    Only 28 regular season games to go in this shortened season.

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    Thibs asked in the post-game press conference about possibly giving Toppin’s minutes to Knox. Thibs said that Toppin has been very good in practice. Sounds like Toppin’s biggest issue is nerves.

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