Apr 9, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks shooting guard J.R. Smith (8) drives up to the basket during the first quarter against the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

John Wall’s Spectacular Effort Not Enough In New York


Winning 13 straight games, the New York Knicks were destined to pick up yet another victory against the Washington Wizards. The Wizards aren’t a very good road team to begin with, but their lack of execution on both ends of the floor, really put them in a hole tonight.

Virtually no one besides John Wall put up a fight against the surging Knicks. Wall scored 33 points in 33 minutes, and often dazzled the Madison Square Garden crowd with an array of layups. John Wall has finally begun to learn how to use his speed in the half court. The short handed Knicks squad had no match for Wall. This was probably one of the best games John Wall has had this season, in terms of penetration. He got anything he wanted by attacking the basket. Jason Kidd, Raymond Felton, and Iman Shumpert just couldn’t keep up with Wall. Sadly, Wall’s teammates struggled to contribute to his efforts.

Washington struggled to get going in the post, as Nene and Okafor were reluctant to score the basketball down low. Nene took just 6 shots in 24 minutes. New York was missing the reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year, Tyson Chandler, so I expected the Wizards to utilize Nene in the post more often. Instead, the Wizards settled for perimeter shots which they struggled to knock down.

Washington’s defense was also suspect throughout the game. The Knicks hit twenty threes tonight. Twenty threes. You’re not going to win very many games when half of the opposing team’s made field goals have come from three. Scoring 36 points in 31 minutes, Carmelo Anthony torched the Wizards. Chris Singleton and Martell Webster were helpless on defense. To rub salt in the wounds, Iman Shumpert and Chris Copeland combined for 8 made threes. Copeland, who averages just 7 points per game, had 17 points off the bench. It was that kind of night for New York.

This was definitely a game the Wizards will want to forget. They have to tighten up on the road if they want to become a better overall team. Careless turnovers, lackadaisical defense and horrendous offense can’t become a reoccurring story for Washington, especially on the road.

The Wizards will return home tomorrow, where they will be matched up against the Miami Heat.

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