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Knicks Get Second Try against Long Island Today

November 20, 2018 - NBA G League (G League) - Westchester Knicks News Release

WESTCHESTER KNICKS (5-3) vs. LONG ISLAND NETS (4-0)

Tuesday, November 20 - White Plains, NY (Westchester County Center)

7:00 PM (ET)

The Erie BayHawks snapped the Westchester Knicks, the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, three-game win streak November 18. The Knicks look to avenge an earlier season loss to the Long Island Nets tonight.

QUICK HITS

The Knicks rank 14th in the league in points per game (109.4) as of 11/18.

The Knicks rank 16th in the league in assists per game (21.4) as of 11/18.

The Nets rank sixth in the league in points per game (116.8) as of 11/18.

The Knicks rank first in the league in three-point percentage (40.5%) as of 11/18.

Long Island is tied for second in the league with most turnovers committed (20.5) as of 11/18.

Westchester's 49-percent shooting clip is tied for second in the league. Oklahoma City Blue (50.6%) is first. Agua Caliente Clippers tie the Knicks as of 11/18.

Erie disrupted Westchester's three-game win streak Sunday, 11/18. The Long Island Nets and Santa Cruz Warriors are the only teams to have gone undefeated in their last three games as of 11/18. Iowa, Long Island, Rio Grande Valley and Windy City have won their last two.

The Knicks is the only team in the league to shoot 45-percent or better from three in its last five games (47.2) as of 11/18.

Luke Kornet (9.3 rpg) and Isaiah Hicks (9.1 rpg) rank 13th and 14th, respectively, in the G League.

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 visiting Erie BayHawks (3-4) displayed a dominant third quarter to overtake the Westchester Knicks (5-3), 113-106, at Westchester County Center November 18.

Westchester tallied 64 points in the first half while containing its foe to just 43 points. Erie responded with a 47-point third quarter performance, the most points scored in the window for a Knicks opponent this season. Conversely, Westchester's 22-point third quarter performance tied its lowest since its season opener against Maine (11/2), which also resulted in a loss.

Erie carried enough of its momentum into the final quarter to keep its lead until the final buzzer sounded despite the hosts coming within four at the 1:51 mark. Erie used a 5-2 run from that point on to settle the seven-point decision.

LAST MEETING

The Westchester Knicks fell 114-105 to the Long Island Nets on November 3 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

The Long Island Nets took the lead for good after a Dzanan Musa 3-pointer with 3:33 to go in the first quarter. Long Island ended up outscoring Westchester 37-26 after the first quarter. At the half, the Nets led by 13 points, 65-52.

The second half saw Westchester battle back. With 3:11 left in the third quarter, the Knicks cut the Nets' lead to five. The Nets began to pull away again late in the third and early in the fourth, extending the lead back up to 15 with 11:34 to play in the fourth quarter.

The Knicks made one last late push, cutting the Nets' lead to five again with 2:57 left to play, but the Nets pulled away, ultimately winning 114-105.

WHERE WE STAND

The Knicks are fourth in the Eastern Conference only behind Long Island (4-0), Greensboro Swarm (4-1) and Raptors 905 (5-2).

MAKING MY WAY DOWNTOWN

The Knicks are first in three-point shooting percentage (40.5%). All but three teams are shooting above 30-percent. The Long Island Nets are last in the league shooting a lowly 23.5-percent. The Nets hoist 33 threes a game but swish 7.8 of them on average (as of 11/18).

STEALING IS BAD

Westchester and Long Island rank toward the bottom of the league in steals per game. Long Island's 6.8 are good for 23rd while Westchester's 6.3 are 24th (as of 11/18).

SWAT TEAM

Long Island is ranked 6th in the league in blocks per game with 6.3. Westchester ranks 9th with 6.0. The Nets only raise for 5.0 rejections per game on the road.

WALKING BUCKET

John Jenkins is second in the league in scoring with 29.6 ppg. Of the top 16 scorers in the league, he has played the most games (7). Jordan McRae is leading the league with 36.7 points per game through three games played.

BACKBOARD KORNET

Luke Kornet is averaging 9.3 rebounds per game (6.6 for his career). In wins, Kornet is pulling down 11.3 rebounds per game but in losses, is only registering 5.5.

LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES

Westchester averages 18.4 turnovers per game (16th most league-wide as of 11/18). As a result, opponents are averaging 27.0 points off of the Knicks' miscues.

HOME NOT AS SWEET HOME

Westchester shoots better on the road versus at home. The Knicks are 47.3-percent from the Westchester floor but 50-percent elsewhere. The team knocks down 42-percent of its looks from downtown at away venues, 38-percent at home. At the free-throw line, Westchester converts 81.4-percent of its tries on the road versus 66.7-percent at home.

REST UP

Following just one day's rest, the team is netting 113.3 points per game on 49.5-percent shooting. The team is 2-2 with just one day in between. The team is shooting 49-percent from three. With two days rest, Westchester is only hitting 25.9-percent of its threes. On back-to-backs, the team is 20.0-percent from distance.

DISPARITY AT THE LINE

The Knicks' average 21.0 makes at the free-throw line in wins but convert just 13.7 free-throw attempts in losses. In victories, the team is shooting 80.2-percent but just a 67.2-percent free-throw shooting team in setbacks.

On the other end, opponents have made 18.8 free-throws in Knicks' wins and 20.3 free-throws in each Knicks' loss. Opponents shoot 81.3-percent from the line on average when they beat the Knicks.

EFFICIENCY

Luke Kornet (27.0) and John Jenkins (26.4) rank sixth and seventh, respectively, in player efficient league wide. Jenkins' has played the most games of anyone ranked top-10 as of 11/18.

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.


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