Although the Westchester Knicks (1-6) have been very competitive to begin this G League season, it hasn’t been enough to secure any additional wins. In fact, the W-Knicks are on a five-game losing streak, which includes three consecutive games lost by a total of 13 points. This team isn’t having a problem with getting big-time contributions from anybody on their roster, but their weaknesses are becoming evident.
Between their slow starts and spotty shooting this weekend in losses to the Wisconsin Herd and Maine Red Claws, the W-Knicks are really hurting themselves in critical moments of games. Even with the likes of Kadeem Allen, JJ Moore, and Ivan Rabb leading the way, Zak Irvin and Tim Bond helping out, it wasn’t enough to help the W-Knicks avoid double-digit deficits and inefficient stretches on offense. This was especially true in Friday’s loss vs. Wisconsin.
The W-Knicks allowed the Herd’s Rayjon Tucker and Jaylen Adams to combine for 54 points and the Herd led 30-19 by the first quarter. Though the W-Knicks would have impressive rallies inside the second and third quarters, it didn’t last, as their opponents would respond with runs to push their lead back up to double digits. Tucker, in particular, was absolutely having his way with the W-Knicks’ defense.
Besides their struggles, the W-Knicks have found someone who could crave out a huge spot in their rotation. JJ Moore is a smart and vocal player who contributes on both sides of the floor, especially offense. Between the team’s last two games on Friday and Saturday night, the former Long Island Net scored 19 and 22 points on a combined 65% shooting from the field. What made that more impressive was how Moore did it with only 25 shots attempts.
The 2019-20 W-Knicks maybe a younger team than last season’s group, but the pieces are really there for them to make the playoffs again. They’re able to score at a high clip, create plays for themselves and others, and defend if able to. It’s just a matter of putting it all together, regardless of who’s there, especially NY Knicks second-round pick Ignas Brazdeikis and two-way players Allen and Rabb.
Up next for the W-Knicks is a quick return back home as they face the Fort Wayne Mad Ants on Tuesday night.