Knicks Preview: Keys to Defeating the Houston Rockets

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Nov 16, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) dribbles against Boston Celtics guard Evan Turner (11) in the second half at Toyota Center. Celtics won 111 to 95. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

2. Foul Trouble

Against the Oklahoma City Thunder, three members of the New York Knicks committed at least four fouls. Arron Afflalo and Kevin Seraphin had five, and Robin Lopez had four.

For good measure, Langston Galloway tallied three personal fouls.

Matched up with James Harden and the Houston Rockets, New York will need to play more responsibly. Harden leads the league in free throw attempts—again—at a stunning 11.6 per game.

As a team, the Rockets are No. 3 with 28.4 free throw attempts per contest.

For the Knicks, that’s a source of terrible news. New York is alone as the team that allows the most free throw attempts per game with 27.4.

This matchup is tailor-made for Harden and Houston. New York must limit fouls if it’s to stand a chance.

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