While the Knicks – Heat matchup is looming, there is business to handle in Washington D.C. New York hit the floor at the Verizon Center on Friday morning for a shootaround session in preparation for a rematch against the Wizards.
On February 6, Washington unexpectedly ripped a victory away from the visiting Knicks in a 109-96 win. John Wall was the catalyst in ending New York’s five-game winning streak at the time behind his 21 points, nine assists, and five rebounds.
The Wizards registered 13 fast break points but Wall’s penetration in the paint and ability to set up teammates on the perimeter caused major issues for New York. Head coach Mike Woodson described his view from the contest.
“To me, it was major effort. Our lack of energy from a transition standpoint because we gave up bucket after bucket because we just didn’t get back in transition. Things that we preach about all the time, that can’t happen.”
Woodson explained that his “Bigs” can’t follow the Wizards big men down the floor if they are slow in transition. Essentially, the entire five on the floor for the Knicks need to retreat at maximum speed to halt Wall’s open opportunities at the rim. Build a wall around Wall is the basic premise.
In other news, Woodson updated reporters on Marcus Camby’s status, “He won’t play tonight but he is close. There is a chance maybe Sunday – we’ll see.”
And, Pablo Prigioni’s back spasms, “He did not complain that much today about it, so we just have to watch it and I’m sure he will guide us and let us know if he’s hurting. If that’s the case, we’ll gauge it when he lets us know.”
Tipoff is scheduled for 7 PM and watch all the action on MSG Networks.