When: Friday, October 6 at 7 p.m. ET
Where: Capital One Arena in Washington D.C.
TV: NBC Sports Washington
Wizards: Markieff Morris (Out, Hernia Surgery), Tim Frazier (Out, Groin), Devin Robinson (Questionable, Foot)
Knicks: Frank Ntilikina (Out, Knee), Ron Baker (Doubtful, Ankle), Luke Kornet (Doubtful, Hamstring), Mindaugas Kuzminskas (Doubtful, Calf)
What to Watch for
Can Jodie Meeks continue to get good looks?
Meeks had arguably the most impressive performance of any Wizards in the preseason opener against Guangzhou, scoring 19 points in under 17 minutes of action. His efficiency was outstanding, but generally not surprising. Everyone knows Meeks is a very reliable shooter when he’s open. The real eye-opener was that he was able to get off nine shots and earn a trip to the line in such a short amount of time on the floor.
Friday’s game should give us a better idea of whether or not the plan is to continue to funnel the ball to him or if he was just benefiting against a subpar defense. If he can continue to produce while taking a high-volume of shots, that makes a lot of pressure off the rest of the bench to create the offense necessary to give the starters some breathing room, but that’s easier said than done.
Most Likely Wizards Killer: Ramon Sessions
Sessions had a rough season in Charlotte after leaving Washington last summer and is looking for a fresh start this season in New York.
He had an up-and-down debut with the team earlier this week. He got the start and racked up 4 points and 5 assists in just 12 minutes of action, but also had two turnovers and was a -8 on the night. You can bet he’ll try to improve on that performance in Washington, where he had a respectable run for a season and a half.