First off, I am not a huge MDA supporter and have been very critical of him myself, wanting the Knicks to go in a diffrent direction at Head Coach for a while now but Im sorry I cant blame the game one loss on him either. Yes, he was not perfect, there were adjustments that could of been made, there were definatley mistakes as well but overall he did a good enough job for us to win that game.
I hate blamming the refs for a loss and cant even think of the last time I have felt like a game was lost because of them, but IMO there isn NO WAY of getting around how we got screwed out of the win in the last minute.
When was the last time you have EVER seen a off the ball offensive foul in the last 20-30 seconds of a one point playoff game UNLESS it was 100% CLEAR that there was a foul that gave the offensive player an undeniable advantage? IT NEVER HAPPENS!!! The KG trip was ALOT more of an obvious call to make in that situation than the Melo offensive foul, yet they swallowed the whistle.
Im sorry but there is no way getting around it. I have had atleast 3-4 Celtics friends of mine admit that they stole that game and were laughing yesterday when we were watching the replay of the game when they called the foul on Melo and the next play KG intentionally trips TD, because it was so obvious that its stunning how there wasnt a call.
It is what it is, we lost and it sucks but I cant put the blame on MDA for game one when he had a pretty solid defensive game plan that was very effective, especially in the first half and despite Melo having an off night and being in early foul trouble, we had that game till it the refs put on their ski masks and guns and robbed us blind of a road win in the playoffs against the defending Eastern Confrence Champs.