I also feel like this team feels as if they got screwed out of game 1. And if they don't feel that way, they should.
You see the heart Amar'e showed at the end? He is pissed off, and I bet he is more pissed off now. Melo had only 3 quarters, he doesn't get two early fouls and has a better game we win.
Coaches know how to get their players the ball. Coaches also know to protect the rim... Sure, a mental lapse... or credit Rivers for created havoc with motion and picks. D'antoni loves man and has no defensive creativity. Simple as that. It's also why he allowed Allen to get a wide open look. DOUBLE ALLEN. Make anybody but Allen and Paul beat you.
Anyway... not the end of the world. It's just an example that if we had Rivers and BOS had Dantoni... Knicks win that game, based on what happened down the stretch.
It's not the end of the world.
Refs gave BOS 1 free point, and took away a point from NY by not calling the foul. That +2 point favor for BOS was the game.
I can live with that. ALL PART OF THE GAME.
BUT, what I wont stand... is calling that foul on Carmelo with 20 seconds left, NY up by 1 point, and the ball is 27 feet away from the hoop and 'melo has his back to the basket. 2 star players jostling for position. BOTH players battling and making contact with the other. NO CLEAR COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE WAS GAINED. Let the players decide the game, as coach POP in SA said yesterday.
THEN, on the very next possession... THE SAME REF STANDING RIGHT THERE LOOKING DIRECTLY AT THE ACTION, they don't call the foul on KG when he jumps into Douglas' space attemtping to set a pick with 11 seconds left... AND TRIPS DOUGLAS... A CLEAR COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE WAS GAINED on this play.
Take the Allen-Amar'e back-2-back plays, and then the Carmelo-DOuglas back-2back plays... and there's your ballgame. Exactly how a refs whistle... a call or non-call can sway the game and determine the outcome. Simple as that.
After Game-6 SAC-LAKERS... YOu cannot draw any other conclusion that the NBA is fixed. THEN, when a ref gets busted... What? You think there's only 1 crooked ref here?
This is my problem with the NBA... There are bad calls in all sports, and just like NFL & MLB so many calls are subjective and left to the discretion of the refs/umps/judges/whatnot. BUT ONLY IN THE NBA DO YOU AWARD FREE POINTS to a team when you make a bogus call.
OH FREAKING WELL.
BOS still won the game. The refs did not win it for them. Knicks still lost the game. Carmelo missed that final 3, and we avoided Amar'e down the stretch.
Still... It leaves a bad taste.
not the end of the world... but... you are in boston where you haven't won in 4ever... its the first game of the playoffs where we ain't been in 4ever, seems to be you go balls to the wall and you win it... team needs and the fans need it but not d'aint he just sat there and watched us lose it... didn't save any time outs... let the offense get out of control.... no touches for stat going down to the end, didn't sub anyone in for defense, on and on. but this is what really gets me: he pulled fields because of his offense. fields shuts down allen the first half but gets pulled because of his offense instead putting chuckers walker carter and douglas out there, and allen takes over the game. d'aint just doesn't believe defense wins. he didn't believe it in phoenix and he done believe here.
I also had a problem with Dantoni taking Fields off Allen for most of the 2nd half. Allen wasn't getting good looks with Fields on him and this is mostly because of two things: Size and commitment. What I mean by "commitment" is that unlike TD, Fields doesn't try to play the passing lanes all the time and thus stayed on his man. I DO NOT have a problem with TD's defense at all but when your guarding a shooter like Allen, you need to focus totally on him and not worry about briefly doubling or helping out on the passing lanes. That little window of opportunity is enough to get Allen going.
The last play was very bad. I know Melo has already made last second shots for us but the smarter option down 2 would have been to drive to the basket or get al little closer for a pull up jumper. Also, TD was WIDE open.
I hate that Amare never got another shot in the final minutes. Dantoni said they couldn't get him the ball because KG had him draped up. Eh, I don't think that's a valid excuse. Unless your being doubled, there is no way you can't get the ball without being fouled.
I actually think Dantoni did a good job preparing them for the game. However, there was a mental lapse on his part (something I've always been afraid of with him in a close game down the wire). With no timeouts left, you must have your team ready to run your best play should the opposing team score. After Ray hit that 3, it was basically do whatever you can for the last 11 seconds. This is the playoffs. You have to have EVERYTHING in order.
1) How do you not have somebody protecting the rim? heck, I would have sent in Sheldon Williams, Jeffries & Turiaf. TOld JEFF to shadow Allen and not allow a 3, have Shedlen & Turiaf focus and protect the rim and nothing else.
2) How do you not understand that MOST OFTEN the ball goes back to the man inbounding, and the one thing you do not want is Allen shooting a 3!
3) After going 6-7 i the 4th, how does Amar'e get shutout the final 7 possessions?
I would live with the defenses lapses and lack of skills from out coach to not get fooled for once on one of these plays coming out of a TO down the stretch... I would endure the constant state of confusion our defense seems to be in down the final few minutes in games, as if they had no idea the other team would attempt something... I would stand all of this if only I was positive our coach would FOOL THE OTHER TEAM in the same situations... But more often than not the other coach knows exactly wht we will do. Hand ball to most clutch player, go ISO and hope for the best.