Knicks Preview: Keys to Defeating the Charlotte Hornets

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Nov 10, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Knicks forward

Lance Thomas

(42) comes up with a rebound in the fourth quarter against the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. The Knicks beat the Raptors 111-109. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

2. Second Unit

The New York Knicks are relying heavily upon Carmelo Anthony to be the star of the show. That won’t change anytime soon, nor should it; he’s a former scoring champion and an eight-time All-Star in the prime of his career.

In order for New York to continue winning games, however, the second unit must maintain its current level of consistent production.

As it presently stands, five different reserves are averaging at least 6.5 points per game. That includes Langston Galloway at an efficient 12.3 points per contest and Jerian Grant, who’s averaging 4.0 assists.

Coupled with Derrick Williams‘ explosiveness, Kyle O’Quinn‘s two-way versatility and rebounding, and Lance Thomas’ clutch heroics, the second unit is strong.

The key to New York’s four victories has been the productivity of the bench. It scored 73 points against the Milwaukee Bucks, 50 at the Washington Wizards, a respectable 32 hosting the Los Angeles Lakers, and 54 at the Toronto Raptors.

Another big showing from the bench could lead to another win for the Knicks.

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