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Wizards at Knicks Game Preview: Will Otto shine under Garden lights?


Washington at New York

November 4, 2014 at 7:30PM
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
TV: CSNWashington
Radio: 99.1FM

Last time they met was..

April 4, 2014 @ MSG in NYC. The Wizards won 90-89.

Bradley Beal and J.R. Smith both traded shots all night as they put up 28 and 32 points respectively. Smith had a chance to win the game with a desperation three in the final seconds right after Carmelo Anthony nearly turned it over on his attempt to win it for the Knicks. Unfortunately, nothing Bradley Beal-related is relevant for tonight.

Projected Starting Lineups

[ezcol_1third]WIZARDS[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third][/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]KNICKS[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]John Wall[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]POINT GUARD[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]Shane Larkin[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]Garrett Temple[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]SHOOTING GUARD[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]Iman Shumpert[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]Paul Pierce[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]SMALL FORWARD[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]Carmelo Anthony[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]Nene[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]POWER FORWARD[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]Quincy Acy[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]Marcin Gortat[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]CENTER[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]Samuel Dalembert[/ezcol_1third_end]

Future YouTube link: Otto Porter’s MSG takeover 11/4/2014

NBA: Preseason-Washington Wizards at New York Knicks

Best way to describe how I feel about Otto Porter’s positive Summer League performances being just the precursor to his career high game of 21 against the Bucks? Butt cised. Seriously. If you’ve ever heard an Otto Porter interview or seen him talk about his struggles last year, you want nothing more than to see the guy succeed. Now that the Wizards have added some pieces in the offseason, Otto Porter is in an ideal situation. He can learn from Paul Pierce. The Wizards added some frontcourt depth at the forward position. Otto doesn’t have to be the first or second or even third scoring option. Any contribution he makes in the points department is just icing on the cake. If he can play some defense and create opportunities for others? Watch out. This Wizards team was dangerous enough as it was constructed to perform last season. If Otto Porter can put up at least eight to ten points tonight and do enough other things to manage to stay on the floor for a solid 15-20 minutes then we should be able to take a sigh of relief in regards to the direction the Otto Porter project is heading.

Who’s Out?

Wizards: Both Bradley Beal and Martell Webster remain out. Webster is still rehabbing a back issue and Beal will visit a doctor again in New York next week to get an update on his status on his wrist injury.

Knicks: Andrea Bargnani and Jose Calderon have both been ruled out for Tuesday’s game with injuries. Quincy Acy has a sprained right wrist but has been reported as probable for Tuesday’s contest.

How the Wizards will win:

Forcing Carmelo Anthony into tough shots and making him work for his points

  • Carmelo can flat out score the basketball. In my estimation, a great scorer is like a great quarterback in the sense that the easier the scoring is early for them the easier it is at the end of contests. A great player only has so many tough jump shots in them just as a great quarterback can only fight so many spirals into tight windows. If the Wizards can force Carmelo into tough shots early – it doesn’t matter if he converts. He’s shown a propensity to be able to make tough jumpers with a hand in his face but it always affects the end game. Anthony can and likely will put up 25 to 30 points – but how many shots will it take? How much energy will he expend? Tough shots early could lead to him gassing out late in the 4th when the Knicks need him the most.

Getting even contributions on offense

  • With Bradley Beal out, the Wizards are missing what is likely their best pure scorer. Beals ability to score from downtown and the midrange while still showing flashes of finishing in traffic at the hoop is rare for a player of his age. Paul Pierce fills some of that void with his ability to score – but one of the newly recognized leaders of this team was tossed before halftime in the home opener. When Otto Porter pours in 21, Nene adds 22, and Gortat “chips in” 20 of his own well…get some rest Paul, rest those old legs. Oh, and some guy named John Wall put in 18 points and 10 assists of his own. Squad up.


  • Gortat leads the team with 9.3 RPG. Nene is a distant second with only five per contest thus far. The Wizards have the size to bully teams inside. They just need to maximize it on the glass to really make it such an advantage that other teams are scrambling to offset it.

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