Inside the Matchup breaks down every advantage that could lead to a #DubKnicks victory.
Westchester just finished its longest road trip of the season. The Knicks went through the gauntlet as they played five road games in a row with injuries hindering the team during that stretch. Now Westchester returns home with the tall task of ending its current five-game losing streak. To get back in the win column, the Knicks should look no further than John Jenkins. Jenkins has scored in double-digits in 10 of his 12 games with Westchester. In his last game, he scored a season-high 40 points, tying Doron Lamb for the all-time individual performance in franchise history. Jenkins has also been forceful in getting to the free-throw line, hitting 13 of his last 14 from that spot. Courtney Fells and Jaylen Bond will return from the injury list tonight, so another spectacular performance from Jenkins with the help of more healthy bodies should secure a victory.
In Tuesday’s 123-99 loss to Long Island, Westchester’s three-point shooting was neutralized by the Nets. The Knicks hit four shots from beyond the arc, while the Nets converted 12 shots from that mark. Long Island also had six scorers in double-digits, three of whom dropped 20 points or more. It will take much more aggressive defending in order to prevent a repeat of Tuesday. Kevin Capers has been doing a tremendous job at being a difference maker on the defensive end. He is averaging 3.3 steals over his last three games.
Keith Wright has also played especially well recently, earning 16 points and hauling down 13 rebounds against the Nets. Wright has scored in double-digits in his last five consecutive games, while also maintaining his top defensive form. He has continued to embrace his role as the Knicks’ most effective rim protector. Capers and Wright each fulfill different defensive requirements. They will have to continue to exert tremendous pressure in order to beat Long Island this time around.
Be on the lookout for these keys to the game as Westchester takes on the Long Island Nets at 7:00 p.m. at the Westchester County Center.