Washington Wizards Game Day: Knickerbocked History
By Kyle Weidie
Updated: November 7, 2008
The Wizards only played the Knicks three times during the 07-08 season, and lost twice to a New York team that only finished with 23 wins on the year. Here’s what happened (after the pic):
- Game 37: Wizards @ New York Knicks – Jan. 15, 2008
Antonio Daniels had a sore knee so Roger Mason Jr. got the starting nod, and he did not disappoint, knocking down 8 of 14 shots for 20 points. But as they have the propensity to do, the Wizards got off to a bad start, down 30-14 after one quarter…..perhaps it was the empty airplane hanger-like atmosphere in the Garden. Behind a strong 2nd quarter where “I Get Buckets Son” hit three 3s, the Wiz were down 51-41 at the half. After three, the Knick lead was cut to 5. But in the end, the Wizards were out rebounded, out assisted, out shot, and looked worn down after coming off amazing back-to-back wins against the Celtics. Jamal Crawford torched the Wiz for 29 points en route to a 105-93 New York win over Washington.
- Game 38: Washington Wizards vs. Knicks – Jan. 18, 2008
So, three days later, the Wiz got their shot at redemption in the confines of the Verizon Center. The first quarter ended with both teams scoring in bunches, and shooting over 63%; the Knicks held the lead 32-28. In the 2nd quarter, Caron Butler showed some hustle swag to put the Wiz up 61-57 at the half. Washington built their lead to 12 at the end of 3 with solid defense by DeShawn Stevenson on Jamal Crawford, and some strong contributions from Big Oily, Oleksiy Pecherov, off the bench. The Knicks cut the Wizards lead to 4 early in the 4th, but Caron Butler (22 points), Antawn Jamison (32 points), and the bench (30 points) ensured the win for the Wizards, 111-98 over the Knicks.
- Game 53: Washington Wizards vs. Knicks – Feb. 19, 2008
I missed this game because of a trip to Argentina (thanks for my friend Chris for picking up the slack on the game blog)….evidently Art Monk was in attendance, as was Alexander Ovechkin, who at one point was shown on TV slipping the tongue to a blond chick (I’m assuming his now wife?). Antawn Jamison tried his best (20 points, 13 rebounds, 3 steals), but the Wizards could not overcome the absence of Caron Butler, who was out due to injury. Jamal Crawford missed a chance to put the Knicks up one with 19 seconds left in regulation when he only made 1 of 2 free-throws. With the score tied at 90, the ball was in the hands of Antonio Daniels….not good and you can guess the result. The Knicks would outscore the Wizards 23-10 in OT for the 113-100 win.
Game Day Reads:
- The Wizards appear to be succumbing to a mental fatigue that eventually overtakes a team banished to basketball purgatory yet again by injuries. The Wizards are hurting not merely because Gilbert Arenas and Brendan Haywood are on the shelf. The Wizards are hurting not merely because Antonio Daniels is showing his 33 years, Roger Mason Jr. has taken up with the Spurs and Andray Blatche is not in the mood to impose himself on the proceedings. They are hurting because they have been in this unsettled state since late January in the 2006-07 season.
[Tom Knott: Clearly, losing is really painful – The Washington Times]
- “Change” is a word that has been thrown around a lot in Washington lately, and it could come soon to the Wizards if Coach Eddie Jordan doesn’t see drastic improvement from his 0-3 team.
[Wizards’ Jordan Might Make Changes – The Washington Post]
- Eddie Jordan exited the Washington Wizards’ practice court Thursday at Verizon Center drenched in sweat and visibly fatigued. He had just put his 0-3 Wizards through a brisk practice. Then the coach hit the treadmill hard. “That was my stress-buster run,” Jordan said. “Right after practice I went to it.”
[Jordan, Wizards exercise patience – The Washington Times]
- Marbury is arguably the most talented guard on the Knicks, but the starting point guard Chris Duhon has newly elected friends in high places. Playing the Wizards might not be the only reason he makes visits to Washington.
[The Other Side: New York Knicks – Wizards Insider]
- New starting point guard Chris Duhon, averaging just 6.8 points per game on 37.5 percent shooting, hasn’t made a fan in comedian/diehard Knick fan Chris Rock. During a halftime interview with MSG Network’s Jill Martin Wednesday after Duhon went scoreless, Rock poked fun at Duhon. A big Obama supporter, Rock was told the president-elect played 1-on-1 in Chicago with Duhon recently and that Obama was trash-talking. “Everyone trash-talks Duhon,” Rock quipped, then added “Who won that game – Duhon or Obama?”
[Chris Rock jabs Duhon – Knicks Blog, NY Post]
- Should the Wizards Go Small? – Wizards Insider — Michael Lee talks to a veteran NBA player who has the idea of starting Jamison at center, Butler at PF, Young at SF and Stevenson and Daniels in the backcourt. While I doubt he who shall remain nameless is on drugs, I do doubt that said anonymous player will be a coach one day.