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Knicks Travel to Salt Lake City

By ahawleyalexander | January 13, 2019

WESTCHESTER KNICKS (16-10) vs. SALT LAKE CITY STARS (12-11)
Monday, January 14 • Salt Lake City UT (Lifetime Activities Center-Bruin Arena)
9:00 PM (ET)

On January 11, the Westchester Knicks (16-10), the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, fell to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers (15-9), 123-98, Friday evening at the Bert Ogden Arena. The Knicks will look to end its skid against the Salt Lake City Stars.

QUICK HITS

John Jenkins is the Knicks leading scorer (25.3 ppg).

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 (7.6 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).

Zak Irvin ranks 16th in the G League shooting 61-percent from the field but only five players average more made field goals per game (as of 1/13).

Through the last 10 games league wide, Gyorgy Goloman ranks 20th in the league with 1.8 bpg (as of 1/13).

Westchester is fifth in the G League with a 47.2 field goal percentage (as of 1/13).

Westchester is sixth in the G League with 6.3 bpg (as of 1/13).

Westchester is third in the G League with 37.2 defensive rebounds per game (as of 1/13).

Westchester is 2-3 in its last five contests.

Westchester is 4-6 in its last 10 contests.

Westchester is 7-6 at home.

Westchester is 9-4 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 was five games.

Westchester’s longest home win streak was five games.

Westchester’s longest road losing skid was one game.

Westchester’s longest home losing skid was two games.

INJURY REPORT

No injuries to report.

LAST TIME OUT 

On January 11, the Westchester Knicks (16-10), the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, fell to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers (15-9), 123-98, Friday evening at the Bert Ogden Arena.

Sekou Wiggs contributed a team-best 19 points off the bench and did so on 63.6-percent shooting. He also collected four rebounds. After missing five games due to left ankle and left hamstring injuries, Isaiah Hicks scored nine points on three made baskets and hauled seven rebounds. He was 3-of-4 from the stripe and led the team in dimes with six.

John Jenkins and Paul Watson finished with 16 points apiece. Zak Irvin was one point shy of what could have been his third consecutive double-double ending with nine points and 11 rebounds.

The Vipers slotted three in the 20-point club, Bruno Caboclo (21), Isaiah Hartenstein (20) and Dakarai Tucker (20). Gary Payton II nabbed a double-double consisting of 10 points and 10 assists.

Despite shooting 42.5-percent for the game, the Knicks were cold from distance connecting on just 28.6-percent of its long-range looks. Conversely, Rio Grande Valley was hot from three drilling 19 of them doubling the Knicks’ eight makes.

Westchester went down by as many as 38 before settling upon its 25-point loss marking its largest margin of defeat this season.

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. Billy Garrett averages 15.9 ppg. Kadeem Allen is scoring 13.5 ppg and Zak Irvin is tallying 11.3 ppg.

THE ROAD THREE BALL

 Despite shooting 34.7-percent from three for the season, the Knicks shoot better on the road knocking down 35.9-percent of their shots. Their opponents however, shoot the same percentage on more made field goals.

SMALL DIFFERENTIAL

The Knicks score and average of 109.2 points per road game while allowing their opponents to score 107.8 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 95.5 points per game in its four road losses. Its opponents score 112.8 points per game.

GOTTA HIT THREES

Westchester connects on just 23.1-percent of its threes in road losses. Their opponents score 34.9-percent of their looks from distance.

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.

ITS 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).

JOHNNY CASH

John Jenkins is averaging 22.3 points per game in the Knicks last four. He hit five triples against Fort Wayne (1/2) and has netted five or more triples five times this season.

THE 100-POINT MARK

The Knicks average 97.7 points in 10 setbacks this season. Their opponents score 108.0 points in those 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 42.4-percent of the team’s offense 360 of 848 total points).

POINT BLANK RANGE 

The Knicks scored 70 points in the paint against Fort Wayne (12/13) which marked a season-high by the team. That accounted for 53.4-percent of the team’s offensive output.

WELCOME JAMEEL WARNEY 

On January 8, the Westchester Knicks, the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, have traded Xavier Rathan-Mayes to the Texas Legends in exchange for Jameel Warney, pending successful completion of physicals by both players, as announced by the team Tuesday afternoon.

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

Warney scored 2,132 points during his four years at Stony Brook before going undrafted in the 2016 NBA Draft. The New Brunswick, NJ native signed two contracts with the Dallas Mavericks from 2016-2017 and signed a 10-day contract with the club in March 2018. Amid those deals, Warney also spent time with their G League affiliate.

Rathan-Mayes, 6’4 208, was most recently with the AEK Athens of the Greek Basket League from late July to late December.

With the Dub Knicks, the Canadian 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).