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Knicks Host Capital City to Round Out Calendar Year

By ahawleyalexander | December 26, 2018

WESTCHESTER KNICKS (14-7) vs. CAPITAL CITY (8-7)
Thursday, December 27 • White Plains, NY (Westchester County Center)
7:00 PM

On December 21, the Westchester Knicks (14-7), the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, came up on the wrong side of a hard-fought battle, 99-88, against the Austin Spurs (11-8), in its second and final game of the 2018 NBA G League Winter Showcase. They will battle Capital City Go-Go to close out the calendar year.

QUICK HITS

John Jenkins is the Knicks leading scorer (26.1 ppg).

John Jenkins is slotted fourth in the G League with 26.1 ppg (as of 12/25).

Jordan McRae is slotted second in the G League with 26.6 ppg (as of 12/25).

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

Kadeem Allen leads Westchester is assists (5.8 apg).

Kadeem Allen leads Westchester in steals (1.7 spg).

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

Westchester is ninth in the G League with 41.3 made field goals per game (as of 12/25).

Westchester is third in the G League with 47.9 field goal percentage (as of 12/25).

Westchester is fifth in the G League with 47.4 field goal percentage (as of 12/25).

Westchester is 2-3 in its last five contests.

Westchester is 6-4 in its last 10 contests.

Westchester is 5-4 in the month of December.

INJURY REPORT

Isaiah Hicks (left ankle) is out.

LAST TIME OUT

On December 21, the Westchester Knicks (14-7), the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, came up on the wrong side of a hard-fought battle, 99-88, against the Austin Spurs (11-8), in its second and final game of the 2018 NBA G League Winter Showcase.

Kadeem Allen led the Knicks in scoring with 14 points on 50-percent shooting. He dished a game-high seven assists, shot 66.7-percent from long-range, grabbed two rebounds and two steals. Zak Irvin finished with 13 points on a 62.5-percent clip and in 31 minutes, failed to turn the ball over while handing out a pair of dimes and two steals. Stephen Zimmerman concluded with a double-double comprised of 13 points and 11 rebounds.

For Austin, Chimezie Metu tabbed a game-high 24 points on 64.7-percent shooting and corralled nine boards. Jeff Ledbetter scored 18 points off the bench.

Both teams played to a tie in the third quarter’s early goings despite Westchester leading for most of the first half. The first three minutes of the third quarter saw three deadlocked scores before Austin stepped in front for good. The Knicks managed to cut the Spurs control to two multiple times throughout the quarter before a fourth quarter saw them battling double-digit deficits.

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). After averaging 14.5 points in his first two games following his return from FIBA World Cup Qualifiers, Jenkins has averaged 26.3 points in his four most recent contests. He also dished a career-high seven assists against Iowa (12/19).

FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING

John Jenkins’ finished with nine points against Austin (12/21) which marked the first time this season Jenkins was unable to score in double figures. He shot 25-percent which also marks a low in almost 37 minutes out on the floor.

THAT WAS CLOSE

Westchester’s two-point margin of victory over Grand Rapids (12/15) was its smallest margin of victory this season. Westchester has won by three twice and has falling by as low as five points once.

RIPE AT THE STRIPE

Westchester sank 33 free throws of its 34 as a team (97.1%) against the Grand Rapids Drive (12/15). Those makes marked a season-high by the team. Kadeem Allen (9-for-10), John Jenkins (8-for-8) and Trevon Bluiett (7-for-7) led the Knicks at the charity stripe.

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 four games, the Knicks bench is accounting for 41.2-percent of the team’s offense 183 of 444 total points).

FREE BASKETBALL

Westchester is undefeated in overtime games having gone 2-0. Grand Rapids (12/15) and Delaware (12/3) both endured extra basketball with the Knicks.

OFF TO THE RACES

From 12/13-12/19, the Knicks were putting up 17.3 points in the open court. Before 12/11, the Knicks endured a five-game stretch where they only scored nine or fewer fastbreak points. Against Austin (12/21), the Knicks only scored six fastbreak points.

THAT WAS CLOSE

Westchester is 3-0 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.

ITS 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.

BIG ZIM

Stephen Zimmerman is averaging 13.0 points on 47.1-percent shooting through Westchester’s last three. The center is averaging 8.3 boards in the span and 1.0 steal. His four assists against Austin (12/21) tied his career-high.

PLAYIN’ THROUGH IT

Isaiah Hicks has been battling a left ankle sprain for the last two games and has played a little over 20 minutes combined. He failed to hit a shot against Grand Rapids (12/15) prior to an early exit but hit six against Iowa (12/19). He was 2-for-4 from three against Iowa, which marked the most three-point makes since Canton (11/14). In the two-game span, Hicks is averaging 7.5 points, 1.5 steals and 1.0 assist.

PAUL ON THE BOARDS

Paul Watson is averaging 7.5 rebounds in Westchester’s last two games. His three offensive rebounds against Austin (12/21) marks a season-high.

WINS AND LOSSES

In 14 wins, the Knicks are scoring 111.6 ppg on 49.5-percent shooting. In seven losses, Westchester is scoring 99.6 ppg on 44.9-percent shooting.

FREE-THROW DISPARITY

In 14 wins, the Knicks are converting 258 free-throws of 331 attempts. Their opponents are 250-of-339 at the stripe. In losses, the Knicks are making 97 free-throws of 132 attempts. Its opponents are 131-of-173. Its opponents are making one shy of the Knicks’ total attempts in setbacks. On average, the Knicks net 13.9 free-throws in losses and 18.4 FTs in victories. John Jenkins has made the most free-throws in wins (45) and Kadeem Allen has made the most in losses (16).

BE MORE AGGRESSIVE 

Billy Garrett shot 60-percent from the field but only converted three shots against Iowa (12/19). His eight total points tabbed the first time Garrett registered single-digits since South Bay (12/5). Between 12/8-12/15, Garrett was the team’s third-leading scorer with 16.8 points, reached the 20-point threshold once, shot 63.4-percent from the field, got to the line 14 times. In wins, Garrett is averaging 15.4 ppg on 56.4-percent shooting and is the team’s fourth leading scorer. In losses, he’s registering 10.9 ppg.

GOTTA KEEP THAT SAME ENERGY

Westchester scored 70 points through the first half against Iowa (12/19) which marked the most points in the window all season. However, the team scored just 36 points in the second half second-lowest this season.

CAN’T GET DOWN IN THE SECOND HALF

In four of Westchester’s last five games, the team has allowed opponents to score 60-plus points in the second half. Three of the games resulted in losses, the other went into overtime.

MAKIN’ THE MOST OF IT

Against Austin (12/21), Sekou Wiggs logged 17 minutes which most the most he’s performed since 12/1 when he recorded 18:18. His three made field goals marked the most since 12/8 against Oklahoma City. His two made free-throws were the most since 12/5 against South Bay. Wiggs’ two offensive boards tabbed a season-high. His six total rebounds were the most since 11/27 against Windy City. His one rejection is the only one on the season. His eight points marked the most since 12/5 against South Bay.

MORE THAN ONE WAY TO IMPACT THE GAME

Kadeem Allen was on the attack from 12/3-12/13 (five games) finding various ways to impact the game. In the span, he scored on nine baskets in four of those games and was the Knicks leading scorer with 19.4 ppg. He shot 57.7-percent from the field and 50-percent from three and dished a team-high 4.0 apg.

In the Knicks next two games, Allen averaged just 13 points on 30.8-percent shooting (25% from three-point land). Allen averaged 6.5 assists in the two-game span and was the second-leading rebounder with 7.0 rpg.

In Westchester’s last contest, Allen shot 50-percent for a team-high 14 points, handed out a game-high seven assists and drained a pair of threes on 66.7-percent in almost 30 minutes.

WE NEED YOU

Trevon Bluiett has shot poorly in Westchester’s last two games, both ending in losses, going a combined 4-for-19 (21.1%) in the span. From three, Bluiett has gone 2-for-12 (16.7%). Against Fort Wayne (12/13) and Grand Rapids (12/15), both resulting in wins, Bluiett went a combined 13-for-22 (59.1%) and 7-for-11 (63.6%) from distance.

In losses, Bluiett is scoring just 7.8 ppg on 30.2-percent shooting. In victories, Bluiett is adding 12.6 points off the bench on 43.4-percent shooting. From three, Bluiett is a 25-percent shooter in losses and is a 36.1-percent shooter in victories.

ZAK ON THE RISE

Zak Irvin is averaging 10.2 ppg in Westchester’s last five and has nearly doubled his minutes from his first game back. He is shooting 67.6-percent from the field which is the best clip on the team. With 144:38 minutes logged, he has only committed four turnovers. He’s scored in double-figures in three of his last four games and is averaging 11.8 points in that span.

SHOWCASE LEADERS

John Jenkins led the team in Vegas with 19.5 ppg on 45.2-percent shooting. Jenkins shot 40-percent from three as one of only five Knicks to connect from long range. His 5.5 apg ranked second on the team.

Stephen Zimmerman was the team’s leading rebounder with 9.5 rpg during the Showcase, including six total on the offensive glass. Zimmerman earned one start and tied for third with 13.5 ppg.

Kadeem Allen led the Knicks in assists with 8.0 apg.