Anthony: It's payback time in D.C.

March, 1, 2013
3/01/13
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WASHINGTON -- It's payback time in D.C.

That's the message Carmelo Anthony delivered earlier this week from the Knicks' locker room.

Anthony was asked about Sunday's showdown with the Heat by a reporter after the Knicks' win over the Warriors, but he had no interest in talking about the Miami game.

Anthony insisted his sole focus was on Friday night's game against the Wizards.

"We've got one game on our mind, and that's the Wizards," Anthony said. "That's kind of a payback game for us. We felt like last time we went down there, we were supposed to win that game, so that's kind of a payback game."

John Wall torched the Knicks for 21 points and nine assists in a 106-96 loss in Washington on Feb. 6.

Since that game, Wall has struggled mightily. Over the past five games, he is averaging just 10.2 points on 29.6 percent shooting and 4.6 turnovers.

But it's fair to wonder whether the Knicks' porous perimeter D can cure what ails Wall.

If we've learned anything over the past few weeks, it's that the Knicks have a problem defending point guards.

The latest example came Wednesday, when Stephen Curry went off for an otherworldly 54 points in Madison Square Garden. Jrue Holiday had 30 for the 76ers in a Knicks win in the previous game.

The issue, it seems, is on the pick-and-roll.

The Knicks have struggled to contain penetration off the play and have had a tough time containing the mismatch that results from switches.

Wall took advantage the last time out against the Knicks. Can they make the necessary adjustments to slow him down on Friday?

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Carmelo Anthony
PTS AST STL MIN
23.2 3.2 0.6 34.5
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsA. Stoude... 7.4
AssistsJ. Calderon 4.0
StealsS. Larkin 1.4
BlocksS. Dalembert 1.4