When: Tuesday, January 31 at 7:00 pm ET
Where: Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.
TV: CSN Mid-Atlantic and NBA TV
Radio: 1500 AM and Wizards Radio App
Wizards: Ian Mahinmi (Out, Knee), Danuel House (Out, Wrist)
Knicks: Derrick Rose (Questionable, Ankle), Lance Thomas (Possible, Concussion)
What to Watch for
Can the Wizards play a complete fourth quarter against the Knicks this season?
Going into their third meeting of the year, the Wizards are up 2-0 in the season series. Though the Wizards have won both games, the Knicks have pushed for fourth quarter comebacks in both games. The Wizards have been outscored 71-45 in the fourth quarter against the Knicks this season. In their past four wins, the Wizards have been able to fend off fourth quarter comebacks by not blowing their leads those scenarios. Hopefully against a struggling Knicks team, they can dig in early and not allow a fourth quarter push.
What Knicks team will the Wizards be playing?
There has been a lot of speculation on what the future of the Knicks’ roster will look like before the NBA trade deadline. During Sunday’s four-overtime thriller in Atlanta, Hawks fans chanted, “Lets go Clippers!” when Anthony went to the line for free throws. There have also been reports of the Knicks reaching out to multiple teams such as the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics in hopes of finding a deal. Will the Knicks still be the same team by tip-off Tuesday night? We’ll see.
Most Likely Wizards Killer: Kyle O’Quinn
O’Quinn is coming off a rough 1-12 shooting performance on Sunday against the Hawks. You have to think that he’s well aware that if he could have just made an extra shot the Knicks could have won in Atlanta and avoided the extra 20 minutes they had to play in the loss. He’ll be eager to make things right against Washington. The last time these two met, he racked up 14 points and 8 rebounds in just over 21 minutes.