When is it too late to say this season can be turned around? The New York Knicks have once again let a golden opportunity at a victory slip away, losing to the Washington Wizards 102-101 at Madison Square Garden last night. Second-year guard Bradley Beal hit a driving layup with six seconds left to lift the Wizards to victory. However, the controversy occurred immediately after. The Knicks, who had all three timeouts remaining, decided to let the final possession play out after the ball was inbounded. Anthony’s three-pointer bounced off the rim as time expired.
After the decision to not take the timeout, the question of whether or not Head Coach Mike Woodson remains on the hot seat continues to swirl around Knickerbocker nation.
The Wizards were in control for a majority of the game, leading 53-42 at halftime and extending it to 59-44 in the third quarter. However, the Knicks finally found the spark they needed. The Knicks went on a 12-0 run after J.R. Smith knocked down three consecutive three-pointers, followed by an Anthony layup. After leading the Wizards 77-75 heading into the fourth quarter, the Knicks chances at a winning streak seemed bright.
The Knicks took a 100-97 lead with 1:07 remaining after Andrea Bargnani knocked down two free-throws, but Beal, who finished with 21 points and seven rebounds, answered with a three-pointer to knot the game at 100. Beno Udrih, who played heavy minutes due to the injuries of Raymond Felton and Pablo Prigioni, hit 1-2 free-throws before Beal ultimately hit the game-winning layup. Prigioni, who started for Felton last night, was forced to leave last night’s contest in the third quarter due to a hairline fracture in his toe.
With injuries to Prigioni and Felton, the backcourt play for the Knicks just went from bad to worse. Udrih, who recorded 12 points and five assists in 30 minutes, is going to be relied on heavily to carry the point guard load in the near future. On top of the point guard injuries, the shooting guards have been abysmal throughout the year. Both playing over 30 minutes last night, Iman Shumpert and Smith shot a combined 8-24 from the field last night. Tim Hardaway Jr. continues to show promise, scoring 14 points on 5-6 shooting in only 22 minutes of action. It’s only a matter of time before Woodson finds more minutes for the young sharp-shooter.
Martell Webster had a game-high 30 points and five rebounds and John Wall had 20 points and eight assists in the victory that snapped a 10-game winning drought at Madison Square Garden. Anthony led the Knicks in scoring, recording 32 points and five rebounds in the home-loss.
What’s Next - The 7-17 Knicks will look to get back on track when they travel to the Harris Bradley Center to face the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday, December 18.