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Wizards go over a quarter’s worth of time without a field goal against the Knicks. Gross.

Apr 14, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

Randy Wittman AP

The Wizards went 12:09 without a field goal against the Knicks Friday night. Twelve minutes. Tuhwellve-oh-nine.

That’s just sad. Sad, sad, sad, sad, sad. But Knicks fans didn’t find it sad. They found it funny. And chant-worthy. From

At one point toward the end of the run, with the Wizards still stuck on 47 points, the Garden crowd even started chanting Washington’s point total.

“I was looking for a jersey,” Novak said. “Who’s No. 47?”

Novak said it with a laugh. But the Knicks’ new defensive approach is no joke.

via Knicks win laugher; their D is no joke|

Around the eight minute mark, if you’re Wizards coach Randy Wittman, aren’t you tempted to instruct your players to cherry pick just to get that monkey off the back? Because that’s a long time without a field goal. I’ve done my taxes in the amount of time it took Washington to manufacture a field goal. Yikes.

Lost in the talk about Mike Woodson and Mike D’Antoni and Carmelo Anthony and hero ball and Amar’e Stoudemire and Jeremy Lin and everything else is that the Knicks play the type of defense you want if you’re going into the playoffs. Tough, physical, constantly contesting and constantly swiping at the ball. Attacking the dribble is an underrated element of so many defenses that are predicated on position management and shot manipulation. Yes, the Knicks force you into poor shot selection, but they also constantly try an disrupt the dribble, pry the ball free, stop movement of any kind and send the ball splattering in the opposite direction.

The Knicks won’t force their opponent to miss an entire quarter’s worth of time without a field goal in the playoffs, but the model is sound. And there’s a good chance that after a rough year, the Madison Square Garden crowd will have something to chant about.

  1. dondada10 - Apr 14, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    Their D has improved even more since Melo moved to power forward. He consistently peels down from the help side, which is something Amare has never done well.

    Melo’s quick enough to come in from the help side and make a play on the ball itself. And he’s willing.

  2. ranoversquarells - Apr 14, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Seriously people??? Knicks lock down an awful Wizards team, and now the Knicks have a championship defense? Absurd …

    • cakemixa - Apr 14, 2012 at 1:09 PM

      Don’t worry. Knicks will get swept in the playoffs and we’ll all laugh about it after. It’s incredible how overhyped a team can be, solely because of the market they play in. Try to find another team with a similar record/seeding and see if they get half as much hype as the Kmicks… you won’t.

  3. trueballs - Apr 14, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Remember on draft day when Knicks fans booed after picking Iman Shumpert? Now he’s the second biggest contributor to a surprisingly good defense.

  4. thebigkahuna23 - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    We put out a real stanky 70 point game like once a week at least. I’m not making excuses but let’s not give the knicks too much credit.

  5. bearsstillsuck - Apr 14, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    Is that a record?

  6. noirad - Apr 14, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    I was watching 30 for 30 today Reggie Miller vs The Knicks, and they went a pretty LONG TIME without scoring. Which was when Reggie through up the infamous “choke” symbol to Spike and then grabbed his own nuts at Spike’s wife. lol

  7. detroitcityryda - Apr 14, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    Knicks are laughing at wizards but they gonna get that ass whooped in the playoffs .

  8. BigBeachBall - Apr 14, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    Big news against a team with a record of 14 – 45 and no playoff hopes…. big news there…

  9. dysraw1 - Apr 15, 2012 at 1:04 AM

    its a good tune up for the big two & Boston we are serious about going any where we have leave it all out there these next few games

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