Knicks Preview: Keys to Defeating the Milwaukee Bucks

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Oct 28, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Knicks center

Robin Lopez

(8) looks to shoot during the third quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

5. Robin Lopez

In a move that’s been debated a fair number of times, the New York Knicks handed $54 million to center Robin Lopez. The 27-year-old is a steadily productive player who provides a solid impact on both ends of the floor.

Through five games, most are unsure of what to make of Lopez’s presence.

Lopez has anchored a consistently strong defensive attack, but he’s only exceeded 30 minutes played in two of New York’s five outings. He’s registered five or fewer rebounds in four games, and that’s rubbed many Knicks fans the wrong way.

Against the Milwaukee Bucks, Lopez will need to have his best game yet.

Lopez played well against Milwaukee the first time around, matching Greg Monroe bucket-for-bucket early in the first quarter. He then blocked a driving Monroe and took him entirely out of rhythm.

In order for New York to defeat Milwaukee a second time, however, Lopez will need to control the defensive interior and produce as both an offensive playmaker and rebounder.

Maintaining his averages of 10.0 points and 4.6 rebounds per game will not suffice.

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