Wizards Report December 1Posted on January 14, 2013 by DJ-WizardsRadio
By Dave Johnson
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.
Jordan Crawford came off the bench to lead the Wizards in scoring with 17 points. The Wizards, who on the season were shooting 39 percent from the field, shot 44 percent from the field against the Knicks. The usually reliable defense did not have an answer for the Knicks, who shot 53 percent from the field.
Here is today’s Wizards Report:
It was a flat night for the Wizards. The Knicks were not spectacular, but every efficient. The energy and defensive intensity that has allowed the Wizards to rally from large deficits throughout this season never materialized on the court Friday night. The Wizards need to get points off their defense, but on Friday only had two fast-break points.
“We were definitely feeling good after the win. Tonight, I give a lot of credit to the Knicks more so than us. I think they just played that well. I think offensively they pose a lot of mismatches to teams in various ways. When they put (Steve) Novak at the four or (Carmelo Anthony) Melo at four, they pose a lot of problems.”
The Knicks success beyond the arc also played a key role. Good ball movement by the Knicks led to open shots on the perimeter. The Knicks shot 41 percent from beyond the arc. Steve Novak came off the bench to provide some of that three-point energy and scored all nine of his points from beyond the arc on three of six shooting.
The Wizards best quarter was the second quarter when they scored 29 points on 13 of 22 shooting from the field. Not surprisingly Nene’s entrance into the game settled the Wizards offense. Nene had seven of his nine points in the second quarter. The problem was the Knicks were even better in the second quarter. They scored 31 points on 63 percent shooting from the field.
While the Wizards shot 44 percent from the field, there was little flow to their offense. For the game the Wizards finished with only 11 assists. Jordan Crawford spent some time at point guard and in the second half and led the Wizards with four assists. The Wizards had 17 turnovers and at the free throw line the Wizards made only 12 of 21 attempts. Essentially the missed free throws were like additional turnovers.
“The first and third quarters were not good for us. When you shoot 50 percent or whatever we did from the line…eleven assists and seventeen turnovers, playing a team like this makes it hard.”
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