Knicks (18-27) at Wizards (15-30)
Wizards starters: Randy Foye, Mike Miller, Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison, Brendan Haywood
Knicks: Chris Duhon, Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari, Jared Jeffries, David Lee
Line: Knicks by 2
The Wizards failed to have any starters score in double figures in their 81-79 win against the New Jersey Nets on Friday. It was the first time in franchise history that the Wizards won a game without a starter getting at least 10 points.
"They played bad," Coach Flip Saunders said of his starters. "They didn't seem to have good energy, they played poorly, and when we went to our bench, Earl, Andray, Fab - all those guys, came in and gave good energy. So I think from that standpoint, the starters fell behind by eight or 10, the bench came in and cut it down, same thing happened second half, so we kind of went with our bench."
When asked if his starters got the message, Saunders said, "I don't know. We'll see tonight, whether we end up being a lot where we play our bench more - if they play well, whoever plays well is going to stay on the floor. That's the bottom line. So hopefully they'll play well, come out and have a good start. Because this is a team, New York, that you don't want to fall behind, because they score in bunches and they have so many weapons to score, when they're shooting the ball well they're very difficult to guard."
The last time the Wizards failed to have at least one starter score in double figures was Dec. 27, 2001, when they lost 108-81 to the Indiana Pacers. The lineup consisted of Michael Jordan (six points), Popeye Jones (four), Jahidi White (six), Hubert Davis (four) and Chris Whitney (five points).
January 30, 2010; 7:56 PM ET
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