The New York Knicks lost to an injured Washington Wizards team at home. The “fun” facts around it make this defeat even worse.
The New York Knicks dropped their last pre-holiday game, 121-115, to an undermanned Washington Wizards team. Down by double digits in the fourth quarter, it was a rough evening for interim coach Mike Miller’s team.
The facts around this game’s finish were disparaging for the Knicks, creating these lowlights for them and highlights for this Wizards team on Monday night:
Most of Washington’s regulars did not suit up against the Knicks on Monday night, and not for early Christmas preparation. Six players were out due to injuries or a suspension. Eight players if CJ Miles’ season-ending ailment and John Wall‘s continuing rehab count. It featured the following:
That’s three players with at least 18 starts each out while Bertans, one of the NBA’s best 3-point shooters and a back-end candidate for Most Improved Player, also missing.
A new opportunity
Admiral Schofield, who only started receiving regular playing time on Dec. 14, started his first career game in the NBA. He had three points, two rebounds, and two assists.
A new(er) opportunity
Signed straight from the G League, Gary Payton II unleashed off the bench, for 10 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, and six steals. No one could have expected that, and the son of the NBA legend may have secured himself playing time with the Wizards moving forward.
Entering Monday night, Garrison Matthews, Anzejs Pasecniks and Justin Robinson combined for just 16 games played this season. They totaled 23 points against the Knicks, including Pasecniks’ 14 points on 6-for-7 shooting.
Troy Brown’s big night
The Knicks let Troy Brown score a career-high 26 points off the bench. He shot 9-for-15, including a pair of made 3-point shots in this winning effort.
Bradley Beal was expected to shoot early and often and that indeed happened, with 38 attempts shots and 13 makes. Despite the low shooting percentage, the All-Star guard still compiled 30 points. As long as Washington continues being decimated by injuries, he will have more nights like this.
The New York Knicks, who were also missing players due to injury, will enter the holidays in a forgettable fashion. With everything that’s happened this season, however, it’s hardly the most embarrassing event to transpire.