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Washington Wizards vs. New York Knicks: Regular Season Game 47 Open Thread

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The Essentials:

Wizards (16-31) vs. Knicks (18-29)
7:30 p.m.
Madison Square Garden
Radio: 106.7 The Fan

Notable Knicks numbers this season

20th in expected winning percentage (.413)
7th in pace (94 possessions per game)
19th in offensive efficiency/offensive rating (106 points/100 possessions)
20th in defensive efficiency/defensive rating (108.7 points allowed/100 possessions)

Pre-game links

Posting and Toasting, SB Nation's Knicks Blog
Wizards Insider: Caron Butler won't play
P&T with links to coverage of Dick McGuire's death
GameDay Knicks

Tonight's Projected Starters
Wizards vs. Knicks
Randy Foye PG Chris Duhon
DeShawn Stevenson SG Wilson Chandler
Mike Miller SF Danilo Gallinari
Antawn Jamison PF Jared Jeffries
Brendan Haywood C

David Lee

We just saw this team, so this preview's going to be brief. Since we last saw them, the Knicks lost by 21 points to Minnesota, so times aren't good in Gotham City.

As mentioned earlier today, Caron Butler won't play tonight because his left knee swelled up overnight. He originally hurt it in a collision with Paul Pierce on Monday, on a play with .8 seconds left in the first half that wasn't going to decide anything. I'll step down the ledge from my earlier "wtf no MRI" snide comment; as Kyle pointed out, you can't get an MRI until the swelling stops. At the same time, we know this team's history with injuries, and you'd hate for them to mishandle it and cause teams to get scared off from trading for Butler.

Of course, the conspiracy theorists will say Butler's being held out precisely because he's about to be traded. That's a fun theory, I won't lie.

I'm guessing Nick Young replaces Butler in the lineup. If that's not true, I'll update. Nevermind, Stevenson's starting. Psshhhhhh.

Anyway , 7:30 start, because New York is different.