Easy Shots vs. Hard Shots…In Baron Davis We Trust…Why the Knicks look so awful right now

If Kevin Garnett had hit that last second shot against the Knicks on Christmas then this season would have been an absolute disaster so far. Instead, the Knicks are 1-2 and we are all comforted by the thought that, “hey, it has only been three games.” Yes, the season is young but I think the Knicks need to take their problems very seriously or this season could get out of control really fast and by February we could all be speculating as to what lottery pick the Knicks will get in next year’s draft (assuming they have not traded this pick away which is very possible).

Last night, in their loss to the Lakers, it seemed like the Lakers had quite a number of easy looks while the Knicks seemed to have to work hard for every basket. The Lakers shot extremely well last night especially in the first half where the Lakers seemed like they never missed a basket. The Knicks, on the other hand, managed to stay in the game despite an awful shooting night. This may make you think that if the Lakers did not get so lucky with their shooting and if the Knicks had a little more luck last night then the outcome would have been different. The problem with this thought process is that you are missing why the Lakers were having more “luck” shooting and the Knicks lacked “luck”. Teams can make their own “luck”. The real difference is that the Lakers shot a lot more easy shots than the Knicks and that is why they shot the ball much better last night. The Lakers were hitting lay-ups and short, open jumpers while the Knicks were focusing on 3s and almost always taking contested shots. It is very understandable that the team taking the easier shots will more times than not shoot better than the team taking harder shots. If the Knicks want to improve their offensive performance they need to really focus on taking easier shots, or what you would call higher percentage shots (and if they want to improve their defense they may want to focus on forcing teams like the Lakers into lower percentage shots by say having everyone stick with their man). The Lakers were able to shoot a lot of easy shots last night because they did some very important things like moved the ball around, found open cutters, used screens and basically worked as a team. These things sound pretty basic but maybe D’Antoni, the Offensive Genius may want to work on these things with his team. He may also want to try basic, youth league rules like you have to pass the ball twice before anyone is allowed to shoot so at least this team thinks about passing (Toney “I shoot way too early” Douglas in particular should never be allowed to shoot before having passed the ball at least once).

The common collective response to the Knicks’ offensive woes is that we do not have a true point guard and once Baron Davis gets back everything will be fine. Continue reading

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Episode 93: Offense

In honor of the Knicks amazing offense we kick off the show with the Knicks top 5 offensive plays.   We break down the Golden State game and talk about the things that went wrong and the thing that went right.  We end the show with a few of our new segments.  Enjoy.  Download Episode 93

The Knicks Amazing Offense Was Showcased Last Night Against Golden State

The Knicks are truly an offensive juggernaut as they have two of the best offensive players in the game, Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire. Plus, they have an offensive Guru as their coach in Mike D’Antoni. Let’s review last night’s performance against Golden State to understand the Knicks approach to scoring.

  1. Amare Stoudemire – STAT is one of the best players in the game so it is unfair for him to go one-on-one against anyone. Amare must always wait for the double team before trying to drive to the basket. Also, he must make sure to never pass the ball out of the double team because a double teamed Amare is always better than an open shooter. The Knicks also should never set a pick and roll for Amare because again that would just be unfair to their opponents.
  2. Carmelo Anthony – See description of the game plan for Amare. Plus, Carmelo plays point forward like Larry Bird which means he dribbles the ball up the court and always passes to the best player on the court which is almost always himself. He should especially never pass to Amare or Amare to him because it would be unfair to have two of the game’s best players working together.
  3. Toney Douglas – Douglas plays point guard which means he should always push the ball up court and try to shoot with as much time remaining on the shot clock as possible. It doesn’t matter if his teammates are open or if he missed the last five shots he took because it is the effort that matters most.
  4. Mike Bibby – Bibby is the back up point guard but he is older. His job is to take his time dribbling up the court. He needs to slow down the action as much as possible, kind of a rope-a-dope style lulling his opponents into submission. Continue reading

Episode 92: Game 1

We talk about all of the Christmas games, especially the Knicks vs. Celtics and Garnett vs. Walker’s neck.  We do some of our new segments such as reasons to hate the Heat, reasons to be sad we’re a Knicks fan, he gets paid how much?, nba crossfire, and I can’t believe we got him in the offseason.  We debate whether Amar’e should be more of a 3-point shooter.  Download Episode 92

A few quick thoughts on the season opener

  • Carmelo Anthony is really really good.
  • LOVE how D’Antoni had either Anthony or Stoudemire on the court and the other on the bench for much of the game.
  • Less Bill Walker and more Renaldo Balkman please.  (I can’t believe I just typed that)
  • When the PG drives SOMEONE has to check the opposing teams PG.
  • Brandon Bass really stepped up.  Is he a good player or does the Knicks defense just stink?
  • With Imam Shumpert injured get ready to see a lot of Mike Bibby the next two weeks.
  • Toney Douglas need to pass a lot more.
  • Carmelo Anthony is really really good.

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Episode 91: Breaking Down The Knicks Roster

We get ready for the season to begin by analyzing every player on the Knicks roster by best case scenario, worst case scenario and most realistic scenario.  Download Episode 91