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Knicks Close Out Western Road Trip at Texas

By ahawleyalexander | January 15, 2019

WESTCHESTER KNICKS (16-11) vs. TEXAS LEGENDS (8-19)
Wednesday, January 16 • Frisco, TX (Dr. Pepper Arena)
7:00 PM (ET)

On January 14, the Westchester Knicks (16-11), the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, made things interesting late in the fourth quarter but could not get over the hump, falling to the Salt Lake City Stars (13-11), 124-113, Monday night at the Lifetime Activities Center-Bruin Arena. The Knicks will look to end their longest skid of the season Wednesday against the Texas Legends.

QUICK HITS

John Jenkins is the Knicks leading scorer (24.8 ppg).

Isaiah Hicks is the Knicks leading rebounder (7.8 rpg).

Zak Irvin is the Knicks second leading rebounder (7.7 rpg).

Kadeem Allen leads Westchester is assists (5.7 apg).

Kadeem Allen leads Westchester in steals (1.6 spg).

Isaiah Hicks leads the Knicks in blocks (1.8 bpg).

Westchester is fifth in the G League with a 47.0 field goal percentage (as of 1/14).

Westchester is sixth in the G League with 6.2 bpg (as of 1/14).

Westchester is third in the G League with 36.9 defensive rebounds per game (as of 1/14).

Westchester is 1-4 in its last five contests.

Westchester is 4-6 in its last 10 contests.

Westchester is 7-6 at home.

Westchester is 9-5 on the road.

Westchester is 2-1 in overtime.

Westchester went 9-3 in November.

Westchester went 6-4 in December.

Westchester’s longest win streak this season was seven games, which set a franchise record.

Westchester’s longest road win streak is five games.

Westchester’s longest home win streak is five games.

Westchester’s longest losing skid is three games.

Westchester’s longest road losing skid is two games.

Westchester’s longest home losing skid is two games.

INJURY REPORT

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LAST TIME OUT

On January 14, the Westchester Knicks (16-11), the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, made things interesting late in the fourth quarter but could not get over the hump, falling to the Salt Lake City Stars (13-11), 124-113, Monday night at the Lifetime Activities Center-Bruin Arena.

The Knicks trailed by as many as 34 points pictured in the third quarter. Westchester filled in all but eight points of its deficit by the 3:12 mark of the fourth quarter which was the closest the team got to the Stars since the earlier goings of the first onset.  The Stars kept the Knicks away 13-10 from that point on to keep the game in their favor.

Two-Way player Kadeem Allen spearheaded Westchester’s offense with 22 points, one shy of his season-high tabbed twice, to go along with seven boards, five dimes, two steals and one rejection.

Off the bench, Jameel Warney was also one point short of his season-high finishing with 22 points in his second game with the Knicks. Paul Watson added 15 points and Devon Baulkman ended with 13 points and went 4-of-7 from three-point territory. His four made threes tied a career-high.

Salt Lake City’s 21 made threes marked the most by any Knicks opponent this season. The hosts shot 75-percent from three-point territory. Moreover, Salt Lake City tabbed assists on 36 of its 46 made field goals.

Westchester got to the charity stripe 42 times and converted 30. The Stars were rewarded only 14 trips to the free-throw line.

STOP THE SKID

In Westchester’s last five games, the team has gone 1-4. This includes a three-game skid (Capital City, Rio Grande Valley, Salt Lake City) which is the longest slide this season.

WHO’S GONNA STEP UP

To start the season, John Jenkins led the team for three games straight. In November, Jenkins, Isaiah Hicks, Luke Kornet and Billy Garrett each took command of the scoring. December saw five different top scorers. Five games into January and five different Knicks (Jenkins, Zak Irvin, Sekou Wiggs, Kadeem Allen, Jameel Warney) have already led the team in scoring.

KEEP IT 100

The Knicks have allowed five of their last six opponents to score 100-plus points while only scoring above the threshold three times. Considering the window, the Knicks won two of those three games when they surpassed 100 points. Westchester is 13-6 when they score 100 or more this season.

SHOOT LIGHTS OUT

When Westchester shoots 50-percent or better from the field, the team is an undefeated 7-0. The last time the team shot that well was against the Raptors (1/4) and before that came against Fort Wayne (12/13). Of Westchester’s last 15 games, the team has shot 50-percent or better three times.

WE HAVE TO CONVERT

Westchester has gotten to the line 112 times in its last four games. However, the team has only converted 74 of them (66.1%) which ranks 24th in the G League (as of 1/15).

PUTTING ON A CLINIC

Considering Westchester’s last two games (0-2), the team has given up 120 points from three-point territory. In that span, its two opponents scored a combined 247 points. That accounts for 48.6-percent of their opponents’ offense. Salt Lake City’s (1/14) 21 three-pointers topped the season-high set by Rio Grande Valley (1/11) the game before (19). The Knicks have only generated 45 points from the perimeter.

RIM PROTECTION

After averaging 7.4 blocks per game from 12-27 to 1/11, the team registered just two rejections against Rio Grande Valley (1/14). That tied a season low.

TWO-WAY DEEM

On January 14, the New York Knicks announced that the team signed guard Kadeem Allen to a Two-Way contract.

Allen, 6’3 200, joined the Westchester Knicks, the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, after appearing in two preseason games and being waived by New York on October 13, 2018.

The Wilmington, North Carolina native netted a season-high 23 points twice, last vs. Oklahoma City Blue (12/18) and has also tallied career-highs of 10 rebounds vs. Erie BayHawks (11/18) and 11 assists at Greensboro Swarm (12/1) this season. His career-high 46 points was tabbed last season with the Boston Celtics official NBA G League affiliate Maine Red Claws on January 23, 2018.

Allen was a late second round pick in the 2017 NBA Draft out of the University of Arizona (2015-17) and Hutchinson Community College (2012-14), selected 53rd overall by the Boston Celtics. With the Red Claws, Allen averaged 17.7 points per game, a team-leading 2.2 steals per game and 5.0 assists per game. He was later named to the 2018 NBA G League All-Defensive Team.

With Allen’s Two-Way contract, he will be the eighth Westchester Knick to earn a call-up and seventh under head coach Mike Miller. At least one player has earned a call-up each season since Westchester’s G League inception in 2014.

FIVE IN DOUBLE-FIGURES

Five Knicks are averaging double-figure scoring numbers on the road. John Jenkins leads the pack with 25.4 ppg. Isaiah Hicks has played in 11 road contests averaging 15.9 points. Kadeem Allen is scoring 14.1 ppg, Billy Garrett averages 12.8 ppg and Zak Irvin is tallying 11.7 ppg.

SCORING PAUL

Despite being a primary starter for Westchester, Paul Watson scored in double-figures just five times in a 25-game span. Watson scored in double-figures against Rio Grande Valley (1/11) and Salt Lake City (1/14) and is averaging 15.5 points in the span. This marks the first time this season Watson has been able to net double-figures for two consecutive games. He drained five triples in the window which too marks the most in a two-game span.

SMALL DIFFERENTIAL

The Knicks average 109.5 points per road game while allowing their opponents to score 108.9 points per game.

WINNING AWAY FROM THE WESTCHESTER

On the road, the Westchester Knicks have won nine games and through those nine games, average 115.3 points per game. Conversely, they hold their opponents to 105.6 points per game. In winning matches, Westchester is sinking 41.5-percent of their threes while their opponents are just 36.5-percent from downtown. From the field, the Knicks connect on 51.7-percent of their tries while opponents shoot 42.2-percent.

SETBACKS ON THE ROAD

Westchester is held to an average of just 99.0 points per game in its five road losses. Its opponents score 115.0 points per game.

GOTTA HIT THREES

Westchester connects on just 24.8-percent of its threes in road losses. Their opponents score 41.2-percent of their looks from distance.

WIGGIN OUT

Sekou Wiggs is the Knicks third leading scorer in Westchester’s last six scoring 13.5 ppg on 58.5-percent shooting. He is also shooting 40-percent from three and averaging 2.3 assists per game.

SCORE THE BALL

Westchester is scoring 111.3 points in its 16 wins this season. Defensively, it’s holding its opponents to 98.7 points.

IT’S JUST WHAT HE DOES

John Jenkins is averaging 28.6 points on 51.1-percent shooting in 10 of the Knicks’ 16 victories this season. From downtown, the three-point sniper is scoring on 45.1-percent of his tries.

WE DIDN’T FORGET

The last victory Isaiah Hicks has appeared in was Grand Rapids (12/15) but exited early due to injury. He played over 22 minutes against Fort Wayne (12/13). In 16 wins this season, Hicks has appeared in 12 and is the Knicks’ second leading scorer with 17.1 points on 54.7-percent shooting. He is also averaging 7.8 rebounds in winning contests.

SHOWING UP AND SHOWING OUT

Kadeem Allen is the lone Knick to start each Knicks’ win this season. He’s averaging 13.8 points and 5.8 assists in 16 victories. He shoots 48.8-percent in those wins.

FORTY FORTY CLUB

John Jenkins scored 40 points against Grand Rapids (12/15) which tabbed the second time this season he scored that much. He tallied 41 points against Lakeland (11/10).

TWENTIES

Kadeem Allen registered his third 20-point game of the season scoring 22 against Salt Lake City (1/14).

BAULK FOR THREE

Devon Baulkman’s four threes against Salt Lake City (1/14) tied his career-high. All of his points came from the perimeter.

STILL GOING

Sekou Wiggs has finished in double-figures in four of his last five games. He scored six points against Capital City (1/6) but scored an average of 17.8 points considering just the other games.

SERVING RESERVES

The Westchester bench generated 53 of the team’s 119 total points against Grand Rapids Drive (12/15). A game before that, against Fort Wayne (12/13), the Knicks’ bench totaled a season-high 62 points while the team scored 131 as a whole. In the last eight games, the Knicks bench is accounting for 42.8-percent of the team’s offense 411 of 961 total points).

WELCOME JAMEEL WARNEY

On January 8, the Westchester Knicks, the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, traded Xavier Rathan-Mayes to the Texas Legends in exchange for Jameel Warney.

Jameel Warney, 6’7 259, came to Westchester after appearing in 22 games this season for the Texas Legends, the official NBA G League affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks. He was averaging 13.7 on 43-percent shooting (seventh-best on the team) and 6.8 rebounds (third-best on the team).

With the Dub Knicks, the Rathan-Mayes averaged 16.7 points in 43 games on 43-percent shooting (third-best on the team). He shot 33.8-percent from distance, collected 6.4 rebounds per game (third-best on the team) and dished 7.2 assists per game (309 total assists slotted first on the team).

THAT WAS CLOSE

Before Capital City (1/6), Westchester was 5-0 in games settled by three points or less. The Knicks’ 11-point loss to Austin (12/21) marked just the second time the team lost by 11 or more points. The one-point loss to Capital City (1/6) marked the first setback, 90-89, settled by a margin smaller than three.

NO OFFENSE BUT

Stephen Zimmerman’s eight offensive rebounds against Capital City (1/6) tabbed a high by any Knicks player this season.

IT’S MORE THAN DEFENSE

Austin (12/21) scored 99 points which marked the first time a Knicks opponent scored fewer than 100 points and still pulled out the victory. Previously, Westchester was 8-0 when an opponent failed to clear the 100-point mark. Capital City (1/6) scored just 90 in four periods and one overtime to tab the victory over the Knicks.

DEEM WITH THE DIME

From 12/19-12/27, Kadeem Allen was averaging 8.0 assists per game before missing his first game of the season.