Internal dilemma confronts another team for a change, as the Wizards host the Knicks for a Sunday matchup against one of the league’s worst.

Following a 118-106 victory on the road against the Dallas Mavericks, the Knicks (3-6) head to the nation’s capital for a Sunday matchup versus the Washington Wizards (1-7).

The Wizards have gotten off to a slow start, winning just one game thus far. Washington is currently on a five-game losing streak and looks to get back in the win column at home, where it has only played three games so far this season. With the Wizards failing to live up to playoff expectations through the first eight games, multiple reports indicate that head coach Scott Brooks may be on the hot seat.

As for the Knicks, they’re coming off their first road victory of the season and look to continue this win streak before heading back to The Garden on Monday.

Here is what you need to know before tonight’s contest.


Battle of the Centers

In just the seventh game of his NBA career, Mitchell Robinson put together his most complete performance against the Dallas Mavericks. Robinson posted his first career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds while showcasing his uncanny athleticism on a reverse alley-oop dunk that even had the Mavericks bench shook:

Expect Robinson to start yet again over Kanter, especially after posting his best performance of the season.

Washington will have Dwight Howard at center for the second game of his Wizards career due to a lingering injury. In his first game, Howard posted 20 points and three rebounds in just 22 minutes of play. The matchup of the Knicks’ centers vs. Howard will be quite entertaining.

Iso Zo

In the Knicks’ last contest, Allonzo Trier led the team in scoring with a career-high 23 points, shooting 8-of-10 from the field in just over 24 minutes of play off the bench. More impressively, 14 of Trier’s 23 points came in the fourth quarter alone. An integral part of their victory over the Mavericks, Trier will have all eyes on him entering this contest. It will be intriguing to see if Coach Fizdale tries to get the undrafted rookie involved earlier in the game, which will be something to keep an eye on Sunday evening.

Backcourt Battle

Although 1-7 so far this season, the Washington Wizards boast one of the most impressive backcourts in the NBA with guards John Wall and Bradley Beal. Both have gotten off to impressive starts this season. Beal currently leads the team in points per game with 23.1, while also averaging four rebounds and 3.8 assists per game. Wall is averaging 20.6 points and continues to flourish on the offensive side of the ball. However, although early in the season, Wall is averaging just 7.4 assists per game, which is the lowest mark of his career. After averaging at least 9.5 assists the past four seasons, look for Wall to distribute the ball more moving forward. It will be interesting to see the defensive strategy that Fiz implements to try and slow the all-star guards. No matter who is guarding Wall and Beal, preventing the tandem from taking over the game will bode vital to the Knicks’ success Sunday evening.

Injury Report

  • Courtney Lee: the mystery of Lee continues for yet another game, as a timetable is still undetermined for his return from a neck injury.
  • Kevin Knox: Knox will sit from an ankle injury he suffered against the Celtics. He is progressing well and is expected to return Monday against the Bulls at MSG.