Knicks game preview: Mitchell Robinson’s status and clarity needed

The New York Knicks will go head-to-head with the Washington Wizards in a preseason rematch. A preview of the game and a look at how to watch it.

After a 3-0 start, the New York Knicks will return to the court for the fourth game of the preseason. It’s against the Washington Wizards, a rematch of the opener that saw New York win in overtime, 124-121. This time, Monday’s game takes place at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

The Knicks might not have Mitchell Robinson around for the second consecutive game, due to a sprained right ankle from Wednesday’s matchup against the Brooklyn Nets. According to Marc Berman of The New York Post, the rookie center is questionable to play.

That potentially prevents the Robinson-Markieff Morris reunion, as a trash talk battle resulted in the latter’s ejection from the game, due to two technical fouls assessed. So Knicks fans may have to wait until the regular season for these two to clash.

With this as the second-to-last preseason game, it’s one step closer to head coach David Fizdale’s timeline on a starting lineup announcement.

Enes Kanter, Lance Thomas, Kevin Knox and Tim Hardaway Jr. have been full-time starters in the preseason, so they seem guaranteed to continue this in the regular season. Kanter and Knox have two double-doubles each, Thomas has provided an interesting scoring spark and Hardaway is the Knicks’ main scoring option.

Point guard is another story, however, with Trey Burke and Emmanuel Mudiay both receiving starts and neither flourishing. Frank Ntilikina, who has only appeared off the bench, remains in the running, but maybe not the favorite to win the job.

Outside of them, Allonzo Trier will attempt to continue his hot start to the preseason. This resulted in two standout games and one quieter performance, but it’s difficult to think he’s not in the running for a roster spot, despite the two-way contract New York signed him to.

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Information on how to watch the Knicks and Wizards battle are below, including the start time, TV channel and where to view it online:

Date: Monday, Oct. 8
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Location: New York City, NY
Venue: Madison Square Garden
TV info: MSG, NBCSWA
Live stream: NBA League Pass

The Knicks and Wizards will go head-to-head on MSG and NBCSWA, while NBA League pass provides a subscriber-only stream for the game; it costs a fee, so see which pricing option makes the most sense upon purchase.