I think the problem these two guys have right now is they are too used to doing it themselves. These guys really feel they have to carry the team and that's why so often we see when the ball gets to one of them they are always looking for the score.
Melo and Amare need to learn to trust their new teammates, Fields is back amongst the living, Novak can be an even more effective Shawne Williams on offense, Shumpert and Douglas will sooner or later hit their rhythm.
Every Knick game I watched this season prior to this weekend was pure entropy on the offensive end. The ball movement was horrible and the player movement awkward. Suddenly without these two players stopping the ball all the time we look alive.
There have been flashes of it before, the game where Melo scored like 2 (?) points and other games where Melo/Amare have missed. These guys need to shoulder their pride and let it stem from wins instead of personal performances.
I'd much rather see these guys shoot 50% and only have 15-20 points each than the recent trend of 25 points on 35-40% shooting.
I'm not buying into the Lin hype after only 2 games if this guy can average 10/5 for us on the year he would be a great pickup, but his hard work, penetration and passing are something sorely lacking all season long. I think we're in for a rough few weeks but if we can keep this cohesion and team spirit going with the return of our big 2 we are in for an exciting end to the season.