Inside the Matchup breaks down every advantage that could lead to a #DubKnicks victory.
The Knicks’ longest road trip of the season continues as the team fights to shed its three game losing streak. Westchester came up short in its last two matchups against the Maine Red Claws. Now the Knicks get one last chance this season to defeat its division leader. To beat Maine, Westchester must continue to ride the hot hand of Keith Wright. Wright has been a major force in his last three games, averaging double-digits in scoring, and hauling down 28 total rebounds. The Red Claws are an extremely disciplined team. Rebounds and second chance points will be critical to keep them off balance. If Wright can continue to assert his will, the Knicks could be rewarded with a win.
As a team, Westchester will need its healthy players to keep the tank full through all four quarters. The Knicks have been plagued with injuries as of late, sorely missing Von Wafer’s scoring ability and getting just a taste of what Travis Trice II can offer before both fell victim to injuries. Today, the team will be even more shorthanded as Courtney Fells will also be missing in action with a knee contusion. In its last two matchups, the Knicks kept pace through each of the first three quarters but sputtered out in the final 12 minutes. In its last three games, the highest-scoring fourth quarter has been 25 points, while in Thursday’s game the team managed just 14 points in the fourth. Westchester will need Maurice Ndour, on assignment with the New York Knicks, to log quality minutes today and hope his high-energy will rub off on the rest of the active roster throughout the full game.
Be on the lookout for these keys to the game as Westchester takes the court against the Maine Red Claws at 1:00 p.m. at the Portland Expo Building.