Wizards Report November 30Posted on January 14, 2013 by DJ-WizardsRadio
The streets of New York City are decorated for the holidays, but the Wizards are not here as tourists. Relieved but focused after their first win of the season on Wednesday, the Wizards now have to deal with the challenge of playing the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. We are with you on the radio tonight starting at 7:15 PM Find you station here: http://www.nba.com/wizards/wizards-radio-network#stations Or online: http://www.nba.com/allaccess/watchListen.html The Knicks have yet to lose at home this season (5-0) and have put together a 10-4 record overall. The success has come for the Knicks with Amar’e Stoudemire recovering from surgery on his left knee. There is even talk of Stoudemire accepting a bench role when he returns to the court. (espnnewyork.com report) While the Knicks have not had Stoudemire, they still are a veteran team that gets after it on the defensive end. The Knicks only allow opponents around 94 points per-game and then on offense the Knicks score over 102 points per game. In short it helps to have Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith and Raymond Felton still on the floor. Like the Knicks, the Wizards are in the top half of the NBA in defense and only allow around 96 points per-game. The difference has been on offense where the Wizards remain at the bottom of the NBA. In getting their first win on Wednesday against Portland, the Wizards did a better job of using their defense to help the offense. Here is today’s Wizards Report: LISTEN: wizreportnov30 Longer preview/review here: LISTEN: blogpreview It was the Wizards defense that allowed the Wizards to escape on Wednesday with the 84-82 win over the Blazers. While the Wizards only made one of their final eleven field goal attempts, time and time again they made critical stops. Emeka Okafor stood out defending the rim and Chris Singleton helped neutralize the Blazers LaMarcus Aldridge. For the Wizards it was more than their defense in the fourth quarter. Starting in the third quarter, the Wizards work on the defense end turned the game in their favor. LISTEN: thirdquarterD More on D: In earning their first win of the season, the Wizards held the Trail Blazers to opponent lows in points (82), second half points (39), bench points (4), field goal percentage (.349) and assists (14). Better Shot selection: On Wednesday the Wizards were 5 of 12 beyond the arc and 17 of 19 from the free throw line. It marked the fifth straight game that the Wizards attempted more free throws than three-point shots. On the season the Wizards are averaging 22.1 three-point attempts per-game to 19.8 free throw attempts per-game. Those numbers are skewed by the beginning of the season when after four games the Wizards were on average attempting 10 more three-point attempts per-game than free throws. The Wizards have to play from the inside and then work to the perimeter. The return of Nene to the Wizards lineup will help. Beyond his ability to pass out of the post, Nene’s presence alone is creating more space for cuts to the basket. Novak factor: On Monday Steve Novak finished 5 of 7 beyond the arc and scored a season-high 19 points. Dating back to last season, the Knicks are now 11-0 when he scores at least 16 points.
The energy and excitement from the Wizards first win of the season against the Blazers on Wednesday faded early on Friday night at Madison Square Garden. After the Wizards opened their game in New York on a 6-2 run, the Knicks responded and never trailed again in a 108-87 win. The Knicks improved to 6-0 on the season at home and 11-4 overall. Amar’e Stoudemire is sidelined recovering from knee surgery, but veterans Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith were there to deliver for the Knicks. Anthony had 20 points in three quarters of play. Smith came off the bench to score 20 points.