Wizards look to bounce back vs. Knicks - 7 p.m. on CSN

Wizards look to bounce back vs. Knicks - 7 p.m. on CSN
February 28, 2013, 8:00 pm
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Wizards vs. Knicks

at Verizon Center

TV: CSN, 7 p.m. ET

Season series: Tied 1-1.

Last meeting: The Wizards won 106-96 on Feb. 6 at Verizon Center.  PG John Wall led six players in double figures with a  team-high 21 points, ending the Knicks’ 10-game winning streak. They shot 68.4% in the fourth quarter, using a 36-23 edge to break open a close game.

Previous game: At home, the Wizards lost to the Detroit Pistons 96-95 on Wednesday to fall to 18-38.  The didn't have PF Nene (shoulder). At home, the Knicks overcame an NBA-high 54 points from Stephen Curry to knock off the Golden State Warriors 109-105 to improve to 34-20.

Projected starting lineups: Wizards – PG Wall, SG Bradley Beal, SF Martell Webster, PF Nene, C Emeka Okafor. Pistons – PG Ray Felton, SG Jason Kidd, SF Iman Shumpert, PF Carmelo Anthony, C Tyson Chandler.

Matchup watch: Trevor Ariza vs. Anthony.  It took Anthony 23 shots to get 31 points in their last meeting, and Wizards coach Randy Wittman likes the job done by Ariza, who comes off the bench but often plays starter’s minutes.  At 6-8, Ariza has the length and athleticism to make Anthony work for his points.

Trending upward: Backup PG A.J. Price continues to be a good replacement for Wall. He’s shooting 8-for-13 in the last two games with 11 assists. … C Kevin Seraphin went 6-for-10 shooting in 17 minutes. He hadn't played since Feb. 22.

Trending downward: Wall is shooting less than 30% from the field since the All-Star break.  … The defense allowed the Pistons to shoot better than 54% and convert 9 of 15 three-point shots, or 60%.

X-factor: Beal, who has been the Wizards' leading scorer since the All-Star break, didn't play in the last game with New York because of a right (shooting) wrist injury. He tweaked it when he fell hard on it on a drive to the basket Wednesday. After the game, however, Beal said it was OK. ... If Nene isn't able to play again, he'll be replaced in the starting lineup by Trevor Booker or Seraphin. 

He said it: "Stay connected in the game. That’s how we won the Houston game. ...  We were down 17. We stayed connected. We lost that connection last night for a period of time where we went haywire a little bit. That cost us."  -- Wittman explaining loss to Pistons. 

Looking ahead: Sunday vs. Philadelphia 76ers, 6; Wednesday at Minnesota Timberwolves, 7; March 8 at Brooklyn Nets, 7:30. All on CSN.