Knicks Preview: Keys to Defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers

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Oct 22, 2015; Boston, MA, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) keeps an eye on the ball during the first half against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

4, Defend the 3-Point Line

In 2014-15, no team was worse than the New York Knicks at defending the perimeter. The Knicks allowed opponents to convert a league-worst 38.0 percent of their 3-point field goals.

New York may be an improved No. 23 in 2015-16, but it’s still allowing the opposition to hit 37.7 percent of its attempts.

Against the Cleveland Cavaliers, that weakness cannot persist. Cleveland is No. 7 in both 3-point field goals made and attempts per game.

If the Knicks allow the Cavaliers to convert 3-point field goals with any measure of consistency, the game could get away from them.

Not only is New York struggling to defend the arc, but it’s failing to convert from distance, as well. It’s No. 22 in 3-point field goals made, and it won’t catch any breaks against the Cavaliers.

If it can’t defend the 3-point line with efficiency, New York will fall to Cleveland.

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