Heat, Mavs, Improvement?
The Knicks moved to 19-21 this season after an encouraging win over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday.
Prior to the Dallas game, the Knicks threw away what would’ve been a great confidence boosting win in Miami, who’s victory was largely predicated on their willingness to shoot threes, and the Knicks’ reluctance to do the same.
The 107-103 loss in overtime to the Heat was a reminder for Knicks fans that despite a
promising start to the season, there is room for improvement on multiple fronts for the
team going forward. Much has been made over the improved defense and effort that passes the eye test when watching the team, but statistically, the game-plans have to
improve if the Knicks want to reach even the 8th seed in the playoff race this year.
Miami attempted 42 threes on Friday, but the Knicks only managed 13 attempts – this
disparity further highlighted by the fact that the Knicks didn’t make a single 3 pointer until the 3rd quarter. Of course, attempting a low number of threes would be excusable if the team was having an off night – there’s no use chucking threes just for the sake of it. However, the Knicks hit 5 threes on Friday, shooting a good 38.5% as opposed to the Heat who shot 28.5% (12/42).
We all know that the Knicks have struggled mightily in defending the 3 point line this
season, in fact, it’s probably the most frustrating part of watching the team so far. Given that for the most part the effort on defense has been great, the Knicks’ players are doing themselves a disservice by giving them up.
A more detailed study of the Heat game, undertaken by reddit user /u/zounderk1te (1) , shows that the team suffers from multiple individual errors when on defense; this is compounded by the fact that the team has to constantly help on defense to contain opposition players who are allowed to drive to the rim far too easily.
Despite KP’s recent ‘tired’ comments, there is a real case for him moving to the 5 once he can hang physically with NBA big men down low. KP frequently doesn’t contest 3 pointers when guarding stretch 4’s, and there’s no doubt he’s best defensively as a rim protector, closer to the basket.
Anyone who has watched the Knicks this year will tell you that the team appears to flat out refuse to box out sometimes, instead ball watching and allowing easy offensive rebounds as well as long rebounds which lead to easy threes for the other team. Truthfully, it’s hard to say whether this is solely a coaching issue, or because of the inexperience of the team’s young players, but regardless it’s killing the Knicks especially down the stretch in close games.
Marc and Jay talk about the finals, things to look for with our new coach, overall strategy going forward, free agents, and more
The Knicks have a coach and it’s not Rambis! Marc and Jay give their thoughts on the new Knicks coach, what they expect to see this season and how this effects roster decisions. Some talk about the conference finals as well.
Marc and Jay talk about all the coaches that got signed and or didn’t interview with the Knicks, Phil is maybe secretly interviewing some coaches, the Knicks might be in the hunt for a draft pick, recapping the conference semifinals and previewing the conference finals
Marc, Jay, and Bri talk about all the coaches the Knicks didn’t interview and found jobs elsewhere, and their thoughts and predictions on the 2nd round of the playoffs
Marc and Jay talk about the last few games, how good the Knicks looked vs the Bulls, players to keep or not keep for next season, coaching options, and more
|The Knicks lost every game this week, no one is playing particularly well, and now coach Fisher has been fired. Greek Salad hasn’t been resigned yet so we’re back down to 14 players on the roster.|
|Rank||Player||Comments||Last weeks Rank|
|1||Lopez, Robin||Lopez started off the week with a great game agains the Celtics and a Monster game against the Pistons. He also played 30 minutes or more in every game this week. He didn’t do anything against the Nuggets, but no one strung together 4 good games this week and that 26 and 16 game against Detroit was most impressive. Good enough for Lopez first #1 ranking of the season.||3|
|2||Porzingis, Kristaps||Porzingis did the opposite of Lopez, played poorly against Boston and Detroit and then looked amazing against Memphis and Denver. Imagine one day all our guys played well at the same time?||4|
|3||Afflalo, Arron||This is representative of how bad the Knicks have been. Afflalo didn’t have a very good week and moved up 2 spots.||5|
|4||Anthony, Carmelo||Oh my lord did Melo shoot bad this week. He said it’s because his knee is hurting which is just great. Years 1 and 2 of his max contract have been disasters. Good thing Melo got to the line, rebounded, and passed to make up for his shooting, but now he’s starting to miss a bunch of games so I’m getting pretty nervos.||1|
|5||Galloway, Langston||Galloway had a nice showing against Detroit, but was absolute trash in the games he started this week. Continue reading|