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Westchester Aims for Four Straight Wins Tuesday Versus Bulls

By ahawleyalexander | November 26, 2018

WESTCHESTER KNICKS (8-3) vs. WINDY CITY BULLS (4-7)
Tuesday, November 27 • White Plains, NY (Westchester County Center)
7:00 PM (ET)

The Westchester Knicks, the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, defeated the visiting Wisconsin Herd 104-91, Saturday night at the Westchester County Center. They’ll look to win their fourth consecutive game Tuesday against the Windy City Bulls.

QUICK HITS

Billy Garrett scored a season-high 22 points against Wisconsin on 11/24. 

Devon Baulkman scored a season-high 14 points against Wisconsin on 11/24.

Luke Kornet ranks 24th in the league in scoring (19.3 ppg) (as of 11/25).

Isaiah Hicks is 32nd in the league in scoring (18.2 ppg) (as of 11/25).

Isaiah Hicks ranks 13th in the league in rebounding (9.2 rpg) (as of 11/25).

Luke Kornet ranks 17th in the league in rebounding (8.7 rpg) (as of 11/25).

Isaiah Hicks ranks 23rd in the league in offensive rebounds per game (2.9) (as of 11/25).

Westchester ranks 16th in the league in points per game (109.4) (as of 11/25).

Windy City ranks second to last in the league in points per game (99.4) (as of 11/25).

Westchester ranks 10th in the league in made field goals per game (41.4) (as of 11/25).

Windy City ranks second to last in the league in made field goals per game (36.5) (as of 11/25).

Westchester ranks fifth in the league in field goal percentage (48.5) (as of 11/25).

Westchester ranks second in the league in three-point percentage (39.2) (as of 11/25).

Westchetster ranks 10th in league in assists per game (22.7).

Windy City is 3-7 in its last ten games.

INJURY REPORT

Buay Tuach (right foot fracture) is out.

ON ASSIGNMENT

The New York Knicks announced November 5 that it has assigned center Luke Kornet to the Westchester Knicks.

Through 36 games played with Westchester last season, Kornet averaged 16.1 points per game on 48.9-percent shooting and 6.2 rebounds per game. For New York this season, Kornet has appeared in four contests.

LAST TIME OUT

The Westchester Knicks defeated the visiting Wisconsin Herd (1-8), 104-91, on the tail-end of a series back-to-back, Saturday, November 24, at the Westchester County Center.

The Knicks were in front by as many as 22 points, last witnessed following a dunk by New Orleans Flex Assignee Kenrich Williams on the feed from Luke Kornet, at the 9:43 mark of the fourth quarter, 91-69.

Wisconsin continued to battle, shrinking its lead to 11 by the 4:47 stamp but were unable to cut in any deeper and rested on the 13-point final.

LOCK UP DEFENSE

Through Westchester’s last three games, opponents averaged a lowly 85.3 points per game while going 89-of-279 (31.9%). Teams shot just 24.8-percent from three (28-of-113). This three-game stretch followed a loss to Erie when the BayHawks scored 113 points, shot 41.9-percent for the game (40% from three).

KEEP THAT SAME ENERGY

Last season, Westchester went undefeated against the Bulls in a three-game series. Of seven players who averaged double-figures in the series, only Isaiah Hicks and Luke Kornet return. Hicks was the second-leading scorer averaging 23 points on 86.4-percent shooting (19-of-22). Kornet averaging 16.3 and shot 44.4-percent from long-range.

KEEP IT 100

Windy City (99.4) and Lakeland (97.4) are the lone teams to average under 100 points per game this season. Lakeland managed to score 107 against Westchester this season but still lost by 15. Windy City opponents average 104.5 points. The Bulls have scored more than a hundred points four times and reached 100 points, once (as of 11/25). Westchester opponents average 100.9 points per game. Windy City averaged 98.0 points against Westchester last season.

VIEWS FROM THE EIGHT

Westchester (8-3), Sioux Falls (8-2) and Santa Cruz (8-0) are the lone teams to have eight wins on the season. Northern Arizona (2-8) and Wisconsin (1-8) each have eight losses on the season. 16 teams are either at or above the .500 mark.

OFF TO THE RACES

From November 14-18, covering a three-game span, the Knicks were averaging 14.3 points in the open court. In the span, its opponents 13.7 fastbreak points. From November 20-23, the Knicks averaged just 4.0 fastbreak points and gave up 5.5 points in the category. In its last outing, the Knicks scored 12 points in the open court, the most they have since November 16. They were edged in the category by two.

BEST OF BAULKMAN

Devon Baulkman netted three threes, missing only one attempt, against Wisconsin on November 14, which marked a season-high. His career-high is four tallied February 24, 2018 against the Raptors. His five field goals made also marked a season-high. He shot 50-percent from the field (5-of-10) which tabbed the only time he has shot that well with at least five attempts. He also grabbed a season-best four rebounds and did not turn the ball over in a near season-high 22:13 minutes played. This came on the tailend of a back-to-back against the same team where he committed four turnovers in almost 18 minutes.

ALL I DO IS WIN WIN WIN…WIN?

The Westchester Knicks current three-game win streak is the longest in the Eastern Conference tied with Grand Rapids Drive. Seven Eastern Conference teams including the Knicks are heading into their next matchup having won their previous game. Santa Cruz credits the longest win streak of the season having won all eight of its games. Austin has also won its last three. Windy City has dropped its last two.

DISHIN’ THE ROCK

After averaging just 2.6 assists in Westchester’s first three games, Kadeem Allen has not fell below the five-assist mark since. He has reached eight assists on three occasions in which the team went 2-1.

USA BASKETBALL

John Jenkins has been named to the 12-man roster for the November USA World Cup Qualifying Team as announced by USA Basketball. Jenkins will be one of nine current NBA G League players featured.

The USA will train Nov. 23-25 at the Houston Rockets’ practice facility and will continue second-round action of FIBA World Cup Qualifying play with a pair of challenging road games, Nov. 29 versus Argentina (7-1) in La Rioja, Argentina, and Dec. 2 versus Uruguay (5-3) in Montevideo, Uruguay.

NBA G LEAGUE PROFESSIONAL PATH

Former WNBA player Allison Feaster will lead its professional path initiative and former NBA player Rod Strickland will serve as the professional path’s program manager. Select Contracts will pay $125,000 for the five-month season and are part of a full professional path that will include opportunities for off-the-court personal and academic development.

TWO-WAY PLAYERS

Beginning in the 2017 offseason, NBA rosters expanded from 15 to 17 players with the addition of two spots for players under “Two-Way Contracts.”

NBA teams may have up to two players under NBA Two-Way Contracts who will spend the bulk of the season in the NBA G League and not more than 45 days with their NBA team. Two-Way players are paid a corresponding daily amount based on the number of days they play in each league. Only players with four or fewer years of NBA service are able to sign Two-Way Contracts, which can be for either one or two seasons.

Allonzo Trier and Isaiah Hicks are both under Two-Way Contracts for Westchester.

LET ME SEE YOU FLEX

The NBA G League’s flexible assignment system – which was instituted prior to the 2014-15 season – will continue to enable the independent NBA teams to assign players to the NBA G League for development or rehabilitation from injury. Trevon Bluiett is on flex assignment via the New Orleans Pelicans.