Knicks Preview: Keys to Defeating the Charlotte Hornets

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4. Triangle Offense

It’s early, but the New York Knicks are shooting just 41.7 percent from the field and 33.0 percent from 3-point range. Much of that has been blamed on the system, but tonight’s game is built for Tex Winter’s patented approach to utilized.

The goal against the Charlotte Hornets is simple: execute within the Triangle Offense.

Charlotte is sending opponents to the line just 19.1 times per game—No. 3 in the NBA. Even more impressive is the fact that the Hornets are No. 6 in the NBA in points allowed in the paint per game.

The Hornets may not be allowing many points in the paint, but they’re doing a poor job of defending the rim.

Charlotte is allowing opponents to convert 62.6 percent of their attempts from 5 feet and in—No. 25 in the Association. It’s also No. 29 in opponent field goal percentage from 15-to-19 feet.

It’s not easy to create penetration against the Hornets, but the Triangle Offense is tailor made to give Charlotte trouble from mid-range and in the paint. New York must capitalize on it.

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