When: Friday, October 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Madison Square Garden in New York City
TV: NBC Sports Washington, MSG Network
Wizards: Markieff Morris (Out, Hernia), Sheldon Mac (Out, Achilles), Devin Robinson (Out, Foot), John Wall (Out, Rest)
John Wall (rest) did not run with the starters in shootaround and will not play tonight in #WizKnicks. Tim Frazier will start in his place.— Zach Rosen (@ZacharySRosen) October 13, 2017
Knicks: Kristaps Porzingis (Day-to-Day, Hip), Joakim Noah (Day-to-Day, Illness), Frank Ntilikina (Day-to-Day, Knee), Mindaugas Kuzminskas (Likely to play, Calf)
What to Watch for
Who makes the best last impression?
With Daniel Ochefu gone, there’s an interesting two-man battle for the final spot between Donald Sloan and Carrick Felix.
Sloan has a more proven track record as an NBA player. He has five years of NBA experience, and gives the Wizards some playmaking the bench lacks, especially if Tim Frazier were to reaggrevate his groin injury.
But if you're going strictly on in-game performance, Felix has been more impressive. He's been very efficient from the field, making 11 of his 17 shots, including 3 of his 7 threes. He's also impressed with his hustle and ability to guard multiple positions, which is especially useful now that Sheldon Mac is out for the foreseeable future.
Friday’s game is both players’ last chance to make an impression before the team has to cut down to the 15-man roster limit. However, there’s no guarantee either player will get a chance to make their case on the floor in New York. Neither player got a chance to play in Wednesday’s game against Miami as Scott Brooks focused on giving minutes to players who will factor into the team’s regular season rotation. If so, they’ll both have to hope their performances throughout training camp and the preseason were enough to secure the final spot.
Most Likely Wizards Killer: This Segment
We started this segment back during the 2015-16 season when the Wizards were finding new and creative ways to drop winnable games. Now that the team is in a position where they’re not doing that as often, it’s gotten harder to make this bit work, so we’re going to retire it for a while. If the Wizards go back to their old ways, we can always dust it off, but for now, let’s move forward hoping we don’t need to prepare for the worst.