Knicks Preview: 5 Keys to Defeating Milwaukee Bucks

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4. Push the Pace

Even shorthanded, the Milwaukee Bucks will employ a smothering defensive attack in the halfcourt. John Henson is an elite shot-blocker and the Bucks’ perimeter length makes it tough to shoot and drive.

The New York Knicks may be building through the Triangle Offense, but against Milwaukee, they need to push the pace.

According to, New York scored 11.1 transition points per game in 2014-15—No. 29 in the NBA. It made a concerted effort to run more during the preseason, but that doesn’t mean the same focus will be present in the regular season.

It needs to be.

Milwaukee was No. 1 in the NBA in points allowed via the fast break in 2014-15, per With Giannis Antetokounmpo out for the game, however, the Knicks must take advantage of this golden opportunity.

It won’t be easy, but the likes of Jerian Grant and Derrick Williams are at their best when pushing the pace. If they’re successful in doing so against the Bucks, the Triangle Offense should flourish.

Carmelo Anthony needs all of the help he can get offensively, and points in transition will be the supporting cast’s most efficient manner of taking.

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