Sorry man I disagree all around. First of all, Amar'e TRIED to get his always and often, he just was not able to convert. -- Melo was NOT preventing him from doing that and neither was the coach. When you have a player like Amar'e yeah, you can use him as a decoy.....but we were doing anything BUT that, as Amar'e was given free reign to shake and bake and pop from 15ft out (decoys don't often actually attempt shots).
Originally Posted by Kiyaman
Why do you think Melo won't play 'possum' again? I can't find anything reasoning. I think he can and will if he's bottled up as such, the Spurs play the best team defense in the league outside of Miami and they effectively neutralized Melo, forcing him to be productive in other ways. It didn't help that Melo's open looks weren't falling either, so he recognized he needed to get going in other ways.
Brooklyn however, could NOT neutralize Melo, neither by team or individual defense. Melo missed a ton of open looks he should have made, but in general he could get his shots off.
The only thing I do agree with you is that YES, teammates tend to stop playing hard defense when the offense only runs through 1 or 2 people -- they stand around, looking uninterested instead of moving around, setting picks, boxing out -- that's on the coach to illustrate.
....But the notion that Melo won't ever defer again is not in any way true.
Theirs only one person to blame for the "no ball movement" and thats Mike woodson.
It's the coaches duty to demand more ball movement, he's not standing on the side observing the game for nothing.
Thats not why we lost against Brooklyn though... Felton single handedly lost us that game.... 3 -19. FGM-AT
But it actually is since Feltons selfish play is indicative to how the Knicks played as a whole. If the whole team played better team ball then Felton does not take nearly as much shots and Melo's most likely not tired.
Originally Posted by NYk_Reloaded718
Sorry to say it but Melo is worried about his scoring average. He should swing the ball more and look to get others involved in the game early. He should look to get his own offense in spurts.
Unfortunately Melo is the type of scorer that needs to get into a fine rhythm to get going. He doesn't switch from focused ball movement and creating for others to looking for his own offense without losing his scoring rhythm. So he tends to either be in one mode or the other. He would much prefer to look for his own shot at the detriment of teammates alot of times I'm afraid.
In the first few games I thought he turned over a new leaf but I was wrong.
Durant is more unselfish while also being more efficient. He is better than Melo in both aspects.
I think Smith has actually looked for teammates much more than he has in the past. I like the way he's been playing recently.
Now tonight was exactly what I have been wanting to see from the knicks.Ball movement was the key in the knicks winning the game tonight.Everybody scored mello still got his huge points with felton,backup pg(can't think of his name),chandler,novak.Everybody was scored tonight b/c they shared the ball.
Originally Posted by platnumn
Sorry .. u made some valid points but .. Amare career is much more define as a winning team-player than Melo's at the foward position.
Amare has a career average of 15 shots per game for 21 pts and 9 rbds when compared to Melo career average of 20 shots per game for 24 pts and 6 rbds.
Amare's teams average a little above 90 shots per with Marbury, or Nash, or Felton at the PG .. when Melo's team average 88 shots per under Miller, or AI, or Billups at PG. Its a helluva big difference.
The only thing Melo has above Amare are ..
Melo is the halfcourt player u give the final shot to win a game, which gives Melo a much bigger NBA fan-base than Amare.
When Melo joined the Knicks, Amare's shot attempts drop to 13 shots per in a non-transition system, while Melo's shot attempts increase to 21 shots per in a 48 minute halfcourt set offense .. with the Knicks team averaging below 90 shot attempts per game.
Originally Posted by ronoranina
wow dude really Carmelo only cares about his scoring average
we're 10-4 and guys are still bashing him, I guess he should never shoot wait no how about we waive him that way he can go be appreciated by another fan base since everything he does is wrong
I do not believe Melo needs to average 27 ppg (26.9 to be exact) for this team to be successful.
Melo scores in his sleep. I would like for him to put more focus on his defensive energy/ effort, and on getting his teammates involved. It'd be great if he could up his assist average to atleast 3. He's averaging under 2 assist on the year so far smh. It's no secret he likes to score. He needs to be more well-rounded.
Common man.. I don't think I'm being that unfair.
You negged me for my opinon you quoted. What a prom night dumpster baby you are. That's a bitch move.
I don't see why saying Melo not being on the same level as Durant is such a bad thing. As an overall player I'd have to agree.
Melo might be a stronger pure scorer than Durant but Durant is a more complete player.
I like Melo's facilitating this year but he could be doing more late in games I think. They used him as a decoy against the Nets but they never played the ball through him. IDK why it makes so much more sense to have him involved, maybe Woodson worries he won't pass up shots late in the shot clock late in games.
When is this team going to learn you can't win if you don't MOVE the ball around until you find the open guy.Its sickning to watch a nba team play so great this season b/c they had moved the ball around for a wide open shot.Then all of a sudden watch the same team that had played so great b/c of that start playing one on one or watching the pg dribble the clock out while the other four players just stand there doing nothing.
At both ends of the floor the boys are getting complacent.
Originally Posted by WVKnickfan
Knicks were holding most teams in the mid to low 90's but of late the opposition is easily netting hundred or more. First priority has to be D, there will be games when likes of Felton, Novak, JR Smith are MIA. In that case our D needs to step up and grind out an ugly victory. Knicks should not have to count on scoring over a hundred points to win games.
This, to me, is just a matter of flexibility within the roster. Sheed, Camby and STAT's absences have Woody (as far as I've seen it) holding Chandler back to a degree. A lot of people have been on TC's case this season, but he's the only Knick that has persevered through the wear and tear of last season, the Olympics, and the injuries of others without being debilitated enough to sit out himself.
Originally Posted by T.O Knick
D is, was and will remain what takes this team above and beyond, but it's necessary to spare a thought for longevity in terms of minutes, effort and playing shape. Particularly for Chandler with three 7 footers sitting out due to injury. He's the key cog to Woody's defensive aspirations, and burning him out early would be a fool's gold move.
I really loved the ball movement that the knicks had the last two games? Oh that's right there wasn't none!! :barf:
Yeah, we had some great ball movement in the last two games where we got the ball to our super-star Melo to shoot 59 shot attempts, it was Boston OUTSTANDING Defense that made our super-star Melo miss 41 shots out of 59 LOL ....
We are DOOMED having a career postseason failure super-star, and his side-kick taking 65% of our shot attempts each game at a low 39% fg shooting.
It would help if the two ball-hogging players add a little defensive-effort, and dont stop the ball-movement every single time they touch the ball .........
The Knicks losing two-straight games to a NON-playoff roster Boston team cancel all the optimistic Knicks fans hope of going to the ECF.
On Wednsday, my friend invited everyone over for "Game-Night" and in the final 2 minutes of the game my friend told everyone to get to STEPPIN .. I had to work late Wed night while my phone did overtime in text from an angry game-night party LMAO at how angry the Knicks loss made so many friends & family members...
Personally I feel its so predictable to guard the Knicks some nights because you know when Melo is gonna shoot and not pass. You can even sense certain plays when Melo wont even be involved because of the way he slowly trots around in those specific plays. He has to move around hard whether or not he gets the ball to shoot to make it harder for the opponents defense.