Inside the Matchup breaks down every advantage that could lead to a #DubKnicks victory.
The Westchester Knicks are currently on a five-game road trip, its longest of the season. The first two matchups did not go the Knicks’ way, but Westchester now has two opportunities to get back on track against its division leader. The Knicks have split its previous two games against the Maine Red Claws this season. One of the biggest differences between now and then is the reacquisition of Travis Trice II. Trice was the floor general for the Knicks during the 2015-16 season, a campaign that saw Westchester clinch its first playoff berth in franchise history. He has flawlessly integrated back into the team, averaging 16.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 3.0 assists. His vision and ability to create opportunities for teammates will only improve with each passing game. The Red Claws will have to adjust to Trice on the fly, giving the Knicks a major leg up in this matchup.
Rebounding has been an area that the Knicks have struggled in this season. Westchester is ranked second to last in rebounding percentage, at 41.4 percent. Despite those troubles, the Knicks can enter this matchup with some added confidence after the recent strong play from its big man, Keith Wright. Wright has grabbed 21 rebounds in his last two games. He has also knocked down 13 of his last 20 field goals. Wright’s recent hot streak should not be taken lightly. When combined with Travis Trice’s playmaking ability, Westchester is finding a way to sure up the deficiencies that have prevented them from more success this season.
Be on the lookout for these keys to the game as Westchester attempts to get back to its winning ways tonight against the Maine Red Claws at 7:00 p.m. at the Portland Expo Building.