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    Washington Wizards Game thread: New York Knicks vs Washington Wizards 12/23/2021 7:30pm [Game #32]





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    Madison Square Garden, New York, NY MSG 7:30 PM EST



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    Injury Report

    Washington Wizards New York Knicks
    Bradley Beal - Medical protocols (OUT) Derrick Rose - Ankle surgery (OUT)
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope - Medical protocols (OUT) Nerlens Noel - Medical protocols (OUT)
    Cassius Winston - Hamstring injury (OUT) Miles McBride - COVID-19 (OUT)
    Rui Hichimura - Personal reasons (QUEST) Immanuel Quickley - Medical protocols (OUT)
    Thomas Bryant - ACL (OUT) Kevin Knox - Medical protocols (OUT)


    Game Preview

    The New York Knicks aim to build momentum off a rare home victory when they host the Washington Wizards on Thursday.

    The Knicks snapped a five-game losing skid at Madison Square Garden with a 105-91 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday. The victory was just their third in their last 11 games overall.

    Mitchell Robinson collected 17 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks to lift New York to its first win at home since a 106-100 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Nov. 23.

    "A lot of credit to all the guys because there's a lot of moving parts right now and to find a way to win is the most important thing," Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said. "You can't say enough about what Mitch did. That's his best game right there. That's a monster game. Big play after big play."

    Robinson sank 8 of 9 shots from the floor on Tuesday, five days removed from making all eight of his attempts in New York's 116-103 victory over the Houston Rockets.

    "I was feeding off the energy that was all around us," Robinson said. "The team was playing good, sharing the game, and I was just feeding off them, really.

    "We're down some guys right now, and everybody has to do extra."

    RJ Barrett and Obi Toppin missed Tuesday's game but have since been cleared from COVID-19 protocols. Five others remain in the NBA's health and safety protocols: Immanuel Quickley, Quentin Grimes, Kevin Knox II, Miles McBride and Nerlens Noel.

    The Knicks did not say whether Barrett or Toppin would suit up Thursday night. Both have missed the last five games and have not played since Dec. 10.

    The numbers game once again put Kemba Walker in play. The New York native has answered a nine-game benching with 29 points in the Knicks' 114-107 setback at Boston on Saturday and 21 more versus Detroit.

    "If you are playing well, you are going to be in there. That's the way it works," Thibodeau said. "I love Kemba. My job is to do what's best for the team. He's playing great basketball. All the credit in the world to him. But the team winning is the most important thing."

    The Wizards have been idle since snapping a four-game losing skid with a 109-103 victory over the Utah Jazz on Saturday. They were scheduled to face Brooklyn on Tuesday, however the NBA postponed that game due to an outbreak of COVID-19 within the Nets.

    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who drained a clutch 3-pointer in the waning moments of Washington's win over Utah, entered the league's health and safety protocol two days later following a positive COVID-19 test.

    "We will be vigilant with our testing and continue to test as we have," Wizards coach Wes Unseld Jr. said. "Hopefully that's the extent of it, but as we've seen around the league and around the country, as cases spike, we just have to be a little more careful about where we go and who we're with."

    Bradley Beal hopes his offense continues after erupting for a season-high 37 points on 13-of-24 shooting versus the Jazz. Beal, who also had a team-high seven assists, has reached the 30-point plateau on three occasions in his last seven games.

    Deni Avdija had 11 points to record his third straight double-digit performance. He has reached double figures in seven games this season.

    New York won all three encounters between the teams last season.

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    Beal out. NYK getting Obi, RJ and Grimes back….

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    Noel Mittens is out so were seeing Taj as the backup 5. Im wondering if Obi will get some minutes at the 5 as well

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    Thanks for the Game-Thread Rady .. I thought I would miss the start of the Game.
    Happy Holiday Everyone !!!

    D.Rose had surgery, and will be out the next 2 months ..
    Some players have to step up we need todays win in MSG !!!

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    One minute left in the first quarter, and Gibson got 3 fouls

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    WOW! Randle didn't get a touch of the ball on 3 offense possessions, so Randle refuse to play defense !!!

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    We had 5 assists in the 1st half !!! Selfish!

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    The Wiz started the 3rd qtr. going on a 10-2 run .. Wake-up Knicks !!!

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    Last year around this time there was a photoshopped Carmelo Anthony apology form circulating around on other forums...were gonna need one for Kemba and i have no choice but to sign my name on it

    On another note i really miss having IQ to bring in off the bench. Fournier is shooting 1 for 10. We really only have 3 players scoring tonight and one of them (Randle) not too efficiently

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    Evan is 1-8 from downtown. Randle like 5-14 from the floor. Kemba might score 50 and they could lose by double digits to a team not starting an NBA caliber player? Lol.

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    Why did we bench Kemba earlier this season?

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    I like the idea of Kemba scoring 41 pts in 3 quarters .. but we down 4 pts.
    End of 3rd qtr, Knicks 86 - Wiz 90

    Dinwiddle got a double-double 14 - 10

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    Randle and Evan pooped themselves and NYK lose to a G-League team. What does that say about the Knicks?

    Leon Rose… this is on you. You have Randle the extension and Evan the contract. Awful!

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    Knicks couldn’t get a stop entire second half… zero defense. To allow almost 120 points to this WAS team is officially the end of the 2021-2022 campaign.

    Maybe Rose will make a trade before Feb?

    The decision to replace RJ with Evan arguably worst Exec decision of off-season.

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    I know Mitch didnt put up the best stats tonight but he didnt get enough opportunities. I really like the effort hes been playing with and the the amount of ground he covers on defense. I hope we resign him this offseason

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