The Wizards will take on the Knicks at Verizon Center in their second — and only home — preseason game on Thursday.
Coach Randy Wittman wants to see an end the “dumb fouls” he saw in game one against the Charlotte Bobcats.
“We’ve got to play good defense without fouling,” Wittman said. “I think that affected us offensively. There was no rhythm and flow to the game … game stoppages, shooting free throws, taking the ball out of bounds kind of affected any type of rhythm we could get into. We didn’t shoot the ball well, kind of forced some things.”
Wittman also called the game against Charlotte peculiar, with an unexpected fast pace, which he attributed to the Bobcats’ new coaching staff trying to set a tone by playing a full-court press the entire game.
The Wizards will be without John Wall, Nene, Trevor Booker and Emeka Okafor. Okafor was expected to get the start, but he is sidelined because of food poisoning.
For the Knicks, Amare Stoudemire is out.
Wittman isn’t spending a lot of time game planning for New York. As always, he’s just focused on how the Wizards play.
“We’re more worried about us, how we react and what we’re going to do.”