They play good in relatively short spurts and they typically take care of the ball, but they are far from a championship contender. Waaay too much iso and standing around. Did JR Smith even have one open look the entire game, but he jacked up 16 shots? That last three he hit is something I barely call an open look, it was a great close out. Novak hasn't seen more than a few good looks every now and then. They barely play pick and rolls and I did not see Melo go through one screen (didn't see the entire game) to get an open look from mid-range or rolling to the basket. There are barely any plays called for Stat - looks like his post game is legit, and looks more agile from a traditional low post position with his back to the basket. How many pick and rolls start with Stat? I think Melo can play decoy at times and set screen for others. Flat out, dude needs to create for others. I know he is a hell of a shooter, but enough of these off-balance threes.
bottom line is this: the Knicks are not playing that well and must get their act together. Sure, when Felton returns to the lineup, it'll be a different story, but why does the entire chemistry have to change cause we are missing our starting pg. The NJ Nets (yes, I said NJ) and Heat will give the Knicks fits. I'd be more comfortable if we had a better backup pg that calls the shots and looks for others rather than go to Melo 90% of the time.
Most important point is that, if Melo looks to pass on 20% of the time, players will be more likely to move and screen each other and roll to the basket and crash the boards, etc.
Anyway, my 2 cents.
I agree but not sure Melo really has the capability to be that kind of player. We have next to no penetration with this team, Kidd can't do a great deal on the pick and roll, so we're just stagnant a lot of the time.
Just have to hope Felton stays healthy the rest of the way.
it's the curse...
Ball movement is very sluggish.
If you guys look at the first 12 games of the season, ball movement was a lot quicker with everyone, not just Felton and Rasheed (who are missed greatly)
Ball moves slow...more iso ball and low percentage shots.
We should of blown out the Celtics.
we r Pgless right now lets see what Felton will bring @ 76ers
anyway MELO cant play alone whole time all time on and on
he is simply alone
this team simply CANT BE DEPENDENT from MELO.
Dirk played alone and Mavs won title, Melo has to step up to Dirk level, I mean god clutch level.
We are not PG-less, we have to much ISO-MELO .. and how Kenny Smith put it, "JR.smith has always been a Bad shot-taker & Bad shot-maker"
u want to see the Knicks play Team-Ball for 48 minutes then suspend Melo for 4 to 6 weeks (the Denver Nuggets been playing team-ball since the departure of Melo). The departure of Melo gave us the "LinSanity era" where the Knicks played team-ball and the MSG crowed couldnt stop yelling "LinSanity".
Raymond Felton has been suspended for 4 to 6 weeks for trying to out-shoot Melo's ex-teammate JR.smith to be the Knicks 2nd option on offense in 28 games, both Felton & JR average 34 minutes, took 16 fga, and 5 3-ball attempts per game however, both their shooting percentage are the same and considered to be 4th & 5th options on any NBA team. They both average 40% FG, and 33% from 3-ball line .. Felton being a decent PG handing out 6 dimes per were not suppose to be the one suspended for 4 to 6 weeks .. the bad-shot-taker & bad-shot-maker shouldve took time off.
What Felton will return?
Good Point .... KG are the Celtics starting center & PF, and the backup center & PF .... the first game vs Boston we had Camby/Tyson/Stat/Melo/and Copeland to spot up down-low to get KG in foul trouble within 3 minutes on the court .. we scored 28 points in the paint compare to Boston 40 points in the paint.
The 2nd game vs Boston they scored 50 points in the paint on us, we scored 32 points in the paint.
Evaluation factor of both games show KG is better bigman on both ends of the court than all our bigmen put together .... Now u got an example of how Camby/Nene/and Kenyon Martin felt playing 48 minutes of ISO-Melo on the Denver Nuggets...
This type of ball-movement made Barea a great backup PG.
Our offense go straight to Melo at the midcourt line, our 2nd option is Bad-shot-taker & Bad-shot-maker JR.smith