Inside The Matchup: Canton Charge vs. Westchester Knicks

By Joe Archino | March 28, 2017

Inside the Matchup breaks down every advantage that could lead to a #DubKnicks victory.

Three games remain in the 2016-17 campaign for the Westchester Knicks. All that matters now is finishing this final stretch the right way. Luckily for the Knicks, the final moments of the season will be played out in front of a home crowd. Former Knick Jordon Crawford was accustomed to playing in front of that home crowd before being traded to Canton in early February. He now leads the Charge as they attempt to stifle Westchester. That task won’t be easy, as Chasson Randle, Marshall Plumlee, and Maurice Ndour are all on assignment from the New York Knicks tonight. Randle returns to the County Center for the first time since January 7, right before he received his first NBA Call-Up. He appeared in 19 games for Westchester earlier this season, and put up double-digit scoring in all 19 of those performances. This will be game number 14 for Marshall Plumlee. He is averaging 12.6 points and 8.9 rebounds during his time at the County Center. Maurice Ndour has the most recent hot hand, owning a double-double in his last two games with the Westchester Knicks. This trident, laden with NBA experience, would be difficult for any opponent to overcome. Canton will have to take its best crack at it.

The Knicks are 1-2 against the Charge this season and currently ride a three game losing streak, but through that adversity, the team has improved upon areas that have plagued them for the majority of the season. Assists have flowed more freely since the return of Travis Trice II. He set a team season high of 13 assists in his first game back at the County Center against the Reno Bighorns.

Kevin Capers has also stepped up his game tremendously in the playmaking department as of late. March has undoubtedly been Capers month; he managed two games with seven assists and also owned ten assists in another performance. Ball movement is the ultimate key to a thriving offense. Westchester is starting to see that principle take effect through all of its trials and tribulations.

When it comes to rebounding, the Knicks are ranked second to last in rebounding percentage in the D-League. But that mark is not indicative of how certain players have emerged as a force on the boards as of late. In the last two games, Jaylen Bond, Keith Wright, and Nikola Jovanovic have all earned a double-double with points and rebounds.

Bond is averaging 10.7 rebounds over his last three games. Keith Wright has also been a tremendous disruptor around the basket, averaging two blocked shots over his last three games. The Charge pack one of the most powerful offense punches in the D-League, with a ranked number seven overall in points per game. Wright will have to remain vigilant in order to keep them off balance.

Be on the lookout for these keys to the game and more when Westchester takes on the Canton Charge tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the Westchester County Center.

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