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Knicks Return Home for Another Matchup with Delaware

January 18, 2019 - Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) - New York Liberty News Release

WESTCHESTER KNICKS (16-12) vs. DELAWARE BLUE COATS (10-13)

Saturday, January 19 - White Plains, NY (Westchester County Center)

7:00 PM (ET)

On January 16, the Westchester Knicks (16-12), the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, let the fourth quarter slip away to see the Texas Legends (9-19) win 126-108, Wednesday night at Dr. Pepper Arena. They will look to go 3-0 against Delaware this season, Saturday.

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 (5.9 apg).

Kadeem Allen leads Westchester in steals (1.6 spg).

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

Westchester is sixth in the G League with a 47.1 field goal percentage (as of 1/16).

Westchester is eighth in the G League with 6.8 bpg (as of 1/16).

Westchester is third in the G League with 36.4 defensive rebounds per game (as of 1/16).

Westchester is 1-4 in its last five contests.

Westchester is 3-7 in its last 10 contests.

Westchester is 7-6 at home.

Westchester is 9-6 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 four games.

Westchester's longest road losing skid is three games.

Westchester's longest home losing skid is two games.

INJURY REPORT

Isaiah Hicks (personal) is NWT

John Jenkins (left foot stress) is OUT

LAST TIME OUT

On January 16, the Westchester Knicks (16-12), the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, let the fourth quarter slip away to see the Texas Legends (9-19) win 126-108, Wednesday night at Dr. Pepper Arena.

The Knicks were behind just nine at the conclusion of the third quarter and were shooting 51.6-percent for the window but their eight fourth-quarter makes contrasting Texas' 12 and 55.6-percent free-throw line performance prohibited any foreseeable comeback.

Jameel Warney put up his second consecutive 20-point game with a team-leading 25 points in his starting performance over his former team. Zak Irvin was almost seamless on the live ball going 7-for-8 from the field but made just one free-throw of his four opportunities. He registered 15 points and a team-high nine boards. Kadeem Allen ended with 15 points and a game-high nine assists.

Sekou Wiggs tallied 15 points and six assists and Billy Garrett added 14 points including a pair of triples.

LAST MEETING

On December 3 2018, the Westchester Knicks (11-3), the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, came out on top, 112-107, over Delaware Blue Coats (5-6) in overtime Monday afternoon at the Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center. Its six-game winning streak knots a franchise record.

Isaiah Hicks, Kadeem Allen and Billy Garrett each tallied in the extra period as the Knicks outscored Delaware in the extra frame, 6-1, to ultimately settle the final.

Hicks led all scorers with 24 points and all rebounders with nine. Allen followed up his career-high assist performance with nine today and put up a season-high 23 points. Garrett and Kenrich Williams each posted 15 points.

For the hosts, Shake Milton led with 22 points. Cory Jefferson had 21 points and seven rebounds.

STOP THE SKID

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

WINS AND LOSSES

The Knicks are scoring 111.3 points per win and 99.8 points per loss. Its opponents are scoring 98.7 points per Knicks win and 110.8 points per Knicks loss.

THE THREE BALL

The Knicks are only generating 264 points from three-point territory in losses which accounts for 22-percent of the team's offense. In those same losses, its opponents are generating 441 points from the perimeter which accounts for 33.2-percent of those offenses.

In wins, the Knicks are generating 420 points from distance which accounts for 23.6-percent of the team's offense. In those same wins, its opponents are generating 519 points from the perimeter which accounts for 32.9-percent of those offenses.

SCARED OF REJECTION

Westchester failed to complete a block against Texas (1/16) which marked the first time this season the team went an entire game without tallying at least one. The game before that, the team registered two against Salt Lake City (1/14) which tied a then-season low. From 12-27 to 1/11, the team averaged 7.4 blocks per game.

As of January 14, the Knicks ranked sixth in the league with 6.2 blocks per game.

THAT'S THE BILLY WE KNOW

Billy Garrett scored 14 points against Texas (1/16) which marked the first time he was able to score in double-figures since tallying 14 against Fort Wayne (1/2). Garrett has put together four streaks of 10-plus points which ranged from two consecutive games to five.

JAMEEL AS A KNICK

Since arriving to Westchester, Jameel Warney is averaging 18.3 points per game as the third-leading scorer, on 59.5-percent shooting. He's already topped his season-high first established with Texas at Texas (1/16) dropping 25 points. He's averaging 23.5 points in his last two games.

WIGGIN OUT

Sekou Wiggs has scored in double-figures in five of his last six games which includes a career-high 20-point performance. Before his career night against Fort Wayne (1/2), Wiggs was averaging 3.8 points per game. Since, he is putting up 15.3 points per game as the team's third leading scorer. Considering all six games, he is the outright leader as John Jenkins (20.8 ppg) and Jameel Warney (18.3 ppg) have only appeared in four and three games in the span, respectively.

BILLY ON THE LIVE BALL

Billy Garrett scored five field goals which marked the first time he was able to score more than one field goal in the last four games. This excludes Rio Grande Valley (1/11) in which he was inactive.

SEKOU WITH THE DISH

Sekou Wiggs' six assists against Texas (1/16) tied his season-high tabbed against Fort Wayne (1/2). In that span, Wiggs is averaging 3.2 assists per game.

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. Six 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 six of their last seven opponents to score 100-plus points while only scoring above the threshold four times. Considering the window, the Knicks won two of those four games when they surpassed 100 points. Westchester is 13-7 when they score 100 or more this season.

FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING

Before Texas (1/16), Westchester was an undefeated 7-0 when it shot 50-percent or better from the field. Against Texas (1/16), the Knicks shot 50.6-percent marking the first loss shooting that well.

Before Texas (1/16), the only other time the team shot 50-percent or better was against the Raptors (1/4) and before that came against Fort Wayne (12/13). Of Westchester's last 16 games, the team has shot 50-percent or better four times.

WE HAVE TO CONVERT

Westchester has gotten to the line 144 times in its last five games. However, the team has only converted 95 of them (66%) which ranks 25th in the G League (as of 1/15).

PUTTING ON A CLINIC

Considering Westchester's games against Rio Grande Valley (1/11) and Salt Lake City (1/14) (0-2), the team gave 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.

FIVE IN DOUBLE-FIGURES

Six 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 14.2 ppg, Billy Garrett averages 12.8 ppg and Zak Irvin is tallying 12.1 ppg.

SCORING PAUL

Despite being a primary starter for Westchester, Paul Watson scored in double-figures just five times in the first 25 games of the season. Watson scored in double-figures against Rio Grande Valley (1/11) and Salt Lake City (1/14) and was averaging 15.5 points in the span. This marked the first time this season Watson was 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. He scored eight points against Texas (1/16) which is still the third-most points in his last six games.

STAY UP

Westchester is 6-5 when they are ahead by the second quarter's start, 6-3 when they are ahead by the third quarter's start and 5-2 when they are ahead by the fourth quarter's start.

SMALL DIFFERENTIAL

The Knicks average 109.4 points per road game while allowing their opponents to score 110.1 points per game.

HOMECOURT ADVANTAGE

The Knicks are scoring 102.8 points per game on 45.8-percent shooting at home. Its opponents are netting 37.4-percent of their shots for 96.8 points per game.

COUNTY CENTER SWAT TEAM

The Knicks are averaging 7.2 blocks per game at home while their opponents raise for just 4.1 blocks per game.

IRVIN AT HOME

Zak Irvin is averaging just 6.8 points at home but 10.1 points for the season. He's appeared in five home games this season.

ZIMMERMAN IN THE HOUSE

Stephen Zimmerman is averaging 9.5 points per game at home as one of four players to appear in each home game this season. For the season, Zimmerman is averaging 8.1 points 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.

RANKING DELAWARE

Delaware ranks second in the G League through the last five games with 14.6 three-pointers made. Westchester is 25th with 7.2.

Delaware ranks fifth in the G League through the last five games 49.2 rebounds per game.

Delaware is tied for fourth in the G League through the last five games with 5.8 blocks per game.

Delaware ranks eighth in the G league through the last ten games shooting 45.8-percent from the field.

Delaware has the fifth most turnovers in the G League through the last three games with 20.0 turnovers per game.

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.

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 41.3-percent of the team's offense 442 of 1,069 total points).

SHRINKING BENCH

The Knicks have only had four available players on their bench in the last two games and two different starting lineups in the span.

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 point 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.

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.

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.

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.

THE COACH'S CHALLENGE

The coach's challenge was revised so that teams receive only one challenge per game, to be used at any point during regulation or overtime periods. Only fouls called, goaltending/basket interference and out-of-bounds calls may be challenged.

10-DAY CONTRACTS

Each season, from early January to early April, NBA teams can sign free agents to 10-day contracts. A player can be signed to a maximum of two consecutive 10-day contracts before a team must either sign him for the remainder of the season or release him. January 5 marked the first day 10-day contracts could be signed this season and January 15 marked the final day.

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.

Isaiah Hicks and Kadeem Allen are under Two-Way Contract via the New York Knicks.

SUCCESS STORY

On December 13, the New York Knicks announced that the team signed guard Allonzo Trier to an NBA contract. With this signing, Trier becomes the first two-way player to sign a guaranteed NBA contract within the first two months of the season. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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.

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