Melo's IQ is not an issue. He's a Gold Medalist, NCAA Champ, and perennial all-star. We win as a team and lose as a team. And in a team players have roles and responsibilities; Melo is a primary scorer and he actually did drive the rock. The pacers killed us on the boards because we don't rebound; because we're used to being jumpshot and tap-out happy. This was the culmination to what happens with our style, going cold, and being denied inside.
The answer is simple because it's mostly offensive, yet elusive. Either we:
1. calm down and hit our jumpers consistently (we lost the 2nd and 4th qtrs on Sun).
2. TC wakes up and invigorates the P&R game.
3. We get hungry, adapt to a tough inside game, start rebounding, and grind-it-out.
or we lose.
If anyone thinks "ISO-ball" is why we lost game 1 you have no understanding of the game of basketball
Melo not only had the highest +/- but when he went out in the 3rd quarter the Pacers lead shot up to 16 points
Melo had 1/3 of our rebounds, got no help on the glass, we had no help side defense and sucked in transition
but if you guys wanna blame iso-ball then go ahead, hope it makes you feel better
because Miami the best ball moving team in the league just lost, guess it was because of iso-ball too
And if memory serves me correct this was not the first time we played iso-ball. I believe the last scoring champ from Ny was primarily iso ball. The King would carry the team literally on his back to win games. Georgetown's favorite man P Ewing played iso ball as Mark Jackson would do nothing but feed Patrick and watch him work. Iso-ball works when you have a prolific scorer and we have that guy. We are also blessed with some good role players who unfortunately did not show up on Sunday (TC, JR). Once they wake up we will forget this conversation and this thread. And ohh let's not forget the hidden gem which will be STAT when he returns on Saturday. This is going to be good my friends... real good!
Last edited by jimkcchief88; May 06, 2013 at 22:02.
EXACTLY!! Bottom line is this is how the sixers played with AI,this is how the cavs played with James,this is how Denver played with Melo,this is how the knicks are playing now with melo and smith.Add all of that together and you have ZERO championships. Teams cannot win titles playing that way and that's a fact!!
ball movement had nothing to do with this loss, at all, we actually moved the ball pretty well but Indiana really locked up on our guys in the 2nd half so we have to go to Melo
We all know you hate Melo and thats fine but this is a Knick issue not a Melo issue and we play nothing like the Sixers in 2001
Do you not realize the consequence of Melo/JR Iso Ball....
. We are so predictable.
We do not wear the defense down.
. Melo/JR put so much energy into scoring we lose their best effort on defense....remember these are 40 and 36 minute players.....we need them 100% on the defensive end.
There is no doubt at the end of the game you want the Ball in Melo's hand BUT only if we have spent the first 3 quarters wearing down the defense and wearing down Melo with all this ISO ball.......
When you look back at a few games this season Melo was just unbelievable.............Look back on the boards and you would hear " Melo was a Beast on the boards " and " If Melo plays Defense like that he is the MVP " this is stuff Melo needs to do every night....
Now the question for you guys is why does Melo not do it ????? Or JR ???
My answer is that when you spend too much time of each shot clock playing ISO ball it wears down 1 defender only and at the same time totally wear down the ISO Player. You have seen time and time again Melo and JR not sprinting back and you need to say either they do not care or they are just wiped.....has to be something....
Last night Noah sprinted back on every possession.....Is it too much to ask Melo and JR to do the same ?
Last night you saw Nate breakdown an exhausted Miami team at the end.....Do you think they got exhausted by the Bulls playing ISO ? or better they were exhausted from the bulls ball movement and tough defense...
**** Big Chief .......look at the Bulls scorers.......please do not tell me Melo has nobody to pass too.....This is the NBA ...find an open man for an easy shot.............*********
I 100% want the ball in Melos hands at the end....after we have played 3 quarters of moving the ball and wearing down our opponent both on the offensive end with ball movement and on the defensive end with pure hustle and never allowing an open shot......
Its so simple.........Dont be so sensitive Melo......I at least agree he is a super ball player........
Could anyone imagine Melo or JR playing in Chicago under Their coach...........