The Heat defend it too well, and Melo is too much of a one-trick pony in that regard. If the opposing "D" isn't so great, he's fine. But the Heat, he must move away from the ball.Amare - I thought it was ridiculous that they did not try to go to Amare more offensively. Clearly the ISO the Knicks were playing wasn't working at all.
Amare looked like his back problems came back....... The only time Amare looked like Amare of old was the first game back from the bulging disc injury.
The problem with the two on the floor together is they're both fours........ (Two fours on the floor only work if they're both good rebounders.) Melo doesn't dish off enough to be a three (he passes well, but he doesn't pass often enough). Amare has his zone for the 12 foot jumper...... And good at finishing the pick-and-roll....... Amare's problem is he needs a good PG to be effective. That only happened when Lin was out there. Unlike Melo, Amare is more of a finisher than a playmaker, but nobody on the Knicks (aside from Lin) can set the table for him.
The other four players on the floor were spectators. In Melo's defense, the other players were HORRIBLE moving away from the ball. That takes the option away in passing from the post. No back screens, no screens for Melo, no players cutting to the rim. In the NBA, it's a recipe for stagnation.The Heat didn't even need to double team. They dared Carmelo to shoot and he did it well but Melo himself can't win the game.
The Heat, on the other side, the players away from the ball move very well, and off of back screens. This is how players get open looks and open lanes.
Due to Amare's lack of quickness (because he's not 100 percent), LeBron would freelance and swat everything Amare would try. LeBron may be the best "off-the-ball" defender in the game right now.They should've changed the game plan up. We all know that the Heat's weakness is their 4-5 position. Why didn't they dump the ball into amare, let him work there.
Amare is too passive away from the ball...... He's not really a post-up player. He needs to receive the ball in space, but his lack of movement away from the ball stifles this option.once he get's going and dominate the inside. they will have to start double teaming him, which will open things up for the rest of his teammates including Melo. Amare's defense stats was never there so that's a given but he's offensive skills is there and they need to take advantage of that.
JR Smith had his share of shots...... But not reliable enough.........Why must Melo be the focal point? Why not switch things up like Miami did? Lebron did his thing in Game 1 and in Game 2 you could tell he was deferring to his teammates more a.k.a Wade. That helped keep them unpredictable.
With the injuries, Melo has seemingly become the only option.........
You are correct that the variety of play would make Melo's ISO more effective....... The role players need to move better away from the ball, and set more screens for them to get open...... Melo is capable of passing to the open man, if they were to get open.Is Melo built for the playoffs? It looks like he needs to dominate the ball to get going. It's probably ok for the regular season but I don't think it works in the playoffs.
Mainly because the other players don't move away from the ball........ As if they *expect* Melo to be the individual star.He's a great scorer and finisher but in the playoffs you have to play the same team multiple times and teams can shut him down. Great one on one player but his team game is suspect.
Jeremy Lin........ Nobody else on the Knicks is capable................Let's be honest here. Game two was a terrible game too. No penetration.
That's what happens when players don't move away from the ball, no screens are set, and everybody seems to be well-covered by a defender.Just hold the ball until the shot clock is about to expire either find carmelo or shoot it yourself.
The Knicks played bad basketball in Cleveland....... And now they're paying for it. Had they played good basketball in Cleveland, their first round opponent would have been Indy instead of Miami.I don't think the Heat are playing that great, I think that the Knicks are just playing bad basketball.
After the season's over, what did the Knicks in was not the Heat, but sleepwalking in Cleveland which resulted in them playing the Heat.
Part of the problem is that Woodson has not had the chance to come up with any type of competent two-man play between STAT & Melo. STAT & Lin got injured when Woodson took over.
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Melo wants his and that's all that matters. If team wins and he gets his, cool; if team loses and he gets his, that's cool too.
Melo isn't about sacrificing himself for the good of the team. That's the problem.
The Miami Heat are the 1st top contender for the FINALS with 3 star leadership players guiding their path.
Headcoach Mike Woodson playoff coaching has been humiliated by the 2 games vs the Miami Heat. Woodson playoff coaching strategy stands at a "F" average....33 point loss, 10 point loss.
All of Woodson's lineups have no scheme or set plan to out wit the Heat on offense or defense, inside or outside.
Woodson is trying to beat the Miami Heat with 3 & 4 scorers in all his lineups and has FAILED....its time for Woodson to use 3-defensive players in all his lineups, starting with a defensive lineup of Tyson/Jefferies/Fields, using Jorts & TD as their defensive backups. We have to force Bron/Wade/Miller to do all the scoring while shutting-down all the other Heat players.
Our peremeter-defense annnd our inside-defense stink without having any leadership.
Our offense stinks worst than our defense, we have let the Miami Heat outscore us in all 8 quarters of the series....we lack team leadership from all our high scoring players on the offensive end of the court....there's no plan, play, or creativity on a broken play, only ISO.
If Woodson is really the coach, then he is riding Melo like "Secretariat." in this playoffs, and eventually will ride into the sunset and sweep himself out of NYC.
Melo got comfortable and the team found an identity, inside-out ball playing off of Melo then STAT came back, the Cleveland game and things went down hill from there
Melo has to limit his iso's to when either STAT or Chandler are on the bench and JR or Novak are in the game
Melo wants to win I dont know where you dont see that, regardless thats your opinion
When Melo was sitting-out with a groin injury....Lin-Sanity save the Knicks by giving us a low post scoring game with Tyson, Jefferies, and the return of Stat, plus Lin gave us inside scoring from Shump, Fields, and even Walker....our 30 3-ball attempts per game decrease to how many 3-balls Novak could shoot in a game.
This is why u guys were callin for Lin's head when Melo return, Lin limited Melo's fga under double-digets. Lin was more confident in passing the ball to Tyson, Stat, Novak, Jefferies, Shump, and Fields, than he was at passin the ball to Melo & JR who always wanted to dribble the ball before they shoot.
Fans started questioning Melo co-existence with the team....Stat & Lin had to get injured so Melo could save-face by being the top scorer.
Recall, when Stat came back (from family situation) Lin would never pass the ball to Stat on the peremeter, Lin would only pass to a slashing Stat or when Stat were 10 ft from the basket.