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By Donald Lambro
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Topic - New York Knicks
Including Game 6 and 7 of last year's playoffs, the Capitals have been blanked by Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist three straight times.
A breakdown of advanced statistics from the NBA, shows exactly where the Wizards are thriving and need improvement.
Washington has to win 41 more games to live up to center Marcin Gortat's projections, and he didn't back down from his words Wednesday.
Start spreading the news. One of New York's bumbling basketball teams is about to win!
Get past Miami and Indiana in the Eastern Conference and uncertainty rules. Several teams could legitimately finish in third - maybe even the Wizards?
Injuries to Derrick Rose and Deron Williams likely means at least one point guard will make his first appearance at the All-Star Game in New Orleans.
Beal has a stress injury to the same leg -- in a different place -- that ended his rookie season in April but insists it was caught early and its not as serious.
Washington may not have all of its players healthy for Tuesday's game, but Los Angeles is expected to have just 10 available.
Opponents are putting their most physical defenders on the Washington big man, who has a reputation for being a finesse player and injury-prone.
Taking their poor home-court play on the road, the Knicks allowed Wall to score 31 points and dropped into a last-place tie in the Atlantic Division by getting beaten 98-89 at the Wizards on Saturday night.
Bradley Beal has played at least 40 minutes in four of the last five games, and he admits his legs aren't the same as he has shot 14-for-40 in the last two.
John Wall scored 19 of his game-high 31 points in the first half and relied on Marcin Gortat and Martell Webster to help seal their third win in four games.
Kevin Seraphin is the Wizards' best scoring option off the bench right now, but he makes too many mistakes and the others are there for defense and their energy.
Trevor Ariza said he won't play vs. the Knicks, but he could be back on the court soon for the Wizards.
Bobcats president of basketball operations Rod Higgins said head coach Steve Clifford remains hospitalized after being admitted late Thursday night because he was not feeling well.