Knicks Preview: 5 Keys to Defeating Washington Wizards

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Oct 30, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward

Giannis Antetokounmpo

(34) battles for a loose ball against Washington Wizards guard

John Wall

(left) and guard

Jared Dudley

(right) in the second quarter at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

5. Take Care of the Ball

Against the Milwaukee Bucks, the New York Knicks did an excellent job of taking care of the ball. New York committed just 11 turnovers to the 18 it forced, which played a major factor in the way it won the game.

Against the Atlanta Hawks, the Knicks committed 21 turnovers.

That was a major setback for New York, which recovered from a sloppy first half to play a lights-out second at Milwaukee. Matched up with the Hawks, however, four different players had at least three turnovers.

That cannot happen against the Washington Wizards.

John Wall leads the way as one of the most dangerous transition playmakers in the NBA. Wall is a one-man wrecking crew in the open court, and Bradley Beal is the ultimate trailer as a pull-up 3-point specialist.

Washington doesn’t live in transition, but it uses plays in the open court to develop a rhythm—something New York must prevent.

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