CAN I PLAY WITH YOU GUYS?
Our cornerstone and leader, Amar'e Stoudemire, doesn't have a set play in crunch time of a big game? Does that seem a bit odd to you?
It does to me!
Where was STAT, on the offensive end, in the last 6 minutes of the 4th quarter in what very nearly became one of the most disappointing losses of the season?
He made 2 crucial defensive plays in the last 6 minutes of the game. Plays worthy of reciprocating an opportunity to once again deliver offensively with momentum on his side.
You'd have to assume there was something amiss, wouldn't you? Something a bit awry about the factor of him being a non-factor.
There was something amiss. Actually it was one thing amiss, and another that went missing.
#1 Was the fact that Billups suffered a contusion to his right thigh and did not return to the game after his assessment. The result of his absence was the quick precipitation of our team offence as Toney Douglas, who as good as he was, is and can be, is not a point guard.
#2 Was the fact - and will remain the fact without adulteration - that this team doesn't run plays for STAT to get the ball in a motion set with the opportunity - provided by design or created by himself - to be aggressive offensively. Why!? WTF!?
Now before I go on, I'd like to say that I know my complaints (especially in game threads) become irritating, but if I see an issue, I stomp it! And this, to me, is a big warty, poopy, smelly issue.
To really drive my point across, I went back and watched the 4th quarter of yesterday's game on my computer for the sake of backing up my claim. I've broken the quarter in to quarters: 4 3 minute sections separated in specific categories. Keep in mind that for the majority of the time, Amar'e was being guarded by Maurice Speights
Legitimate Scoring Touches/Opportunities: 3
Transition/Non Scoring Touches/Touches On Bad Possessions: 1 - Transition skip pass.
Missed P&R Touches: 1 - off 1 pick
Legitimate Scoring Touches/Opportunities: 1 - Called for a charge
Transition/Non Scoring Touches/Touches On Bad Possessions: 1 got the ball with 2 on the clock for a brick. Almost got T7d for throwing the ball.
P&R Passes/Opportunities: 1 - off 1 pick
Overlooked On The High Post: 1
mins 6-3: 15-4 run for Philly
Legitimate Scoring Touches/Opportunities: 1 - 2 seconds left on the 24
Missed P&R Touches/Opportunities: 1
Transition/Non Scoring Touches/Touches On Bad Possessions: 1 - 3 point shot with 2 left on the 24.
Missed High Post/Low post Opportunities: 1 - posted up once
● During this span we had 3 24 second violations and a turnover resulting in 7 points from Philly.
Minutes 3-1: Lost lead on another TO at approx 2:50 (Meeks)
Legitimate Scoring Touches: 0
Missed P&R Opportunities: 2
Missed High Post/Post Opportunities: 1 - high post
FT attempts in 4th quarter by Captain STAT: 0
NYK FGs Made in the 4th quarter: 2.
NYK 3FGs made in the 4th quarter: 3
So how's that? That is not embellished in any way, either.
★ So what do you have to say about that knicksonline.com?
We didn't run a play for Amar'e - leading 4th quarter scorer in the NBA - in the last 6 minutes of another game that almost slipped away from us in an attempt to relieve the very team we were playing of 6th seed.
Are we really going to talk about jelling after 20+ games? Really?
That's not cutting the mustard. I get that when the cogs are moving in the offence that MD's system really, really is successful.
But come on! Draw up a play for Amar'e! Sheesh!