Melo played well today the difference was we ran a lot of sets and pick n rolls.
The game flowed better we got sparks from Shumpert and Prigioni along with Carmelo playing at a high level
Melo indicated after the game w Rachel that he understands how he needs to play. He referenced needing to "do other things", and how getting his teammates shots and going early "opens things up" for his offense. He gets it, just a matter of him doing it consistently.
JR sure stunk it up bad tnite.
The main adjustment I saw that Melo and JR made in the second half was that they stopped taking outside shots and actually drove in and got free throws. In game one they kept making those shots and we gave away too many possessions without getting a good chance to score. Scoring inside the paint causes the other team to play softer defense. It makes them worry about foul trouble and it gives us extra scoring opportunities with free throws. Melo seemed to get back in his shooting groove while JR still seemed to be cold but the biggest difference was that they actually drove in to the paint to score rather than rely on that outside shot.
Now what to do with JR.........at some point Woody will have to decide since his 3 for 15 is hurting the Knicks in most games....Safe bet JR and lets hope is locked in the gym until Saturday.........This big break is a blessing for the Knicks and Melo's shoulder.....
Nice to hear after the game Melo saying He needs to do the other things and get his teammates more involved.....
Red that is correct.....
When u have 2 players playing ISO and not hitting those players defensive efforts goes down the drain. The other players fall out of rythym and thats what leads to the Knicks disaster...
Everyone involved in the offense makes everyone involved in the defense......
We played winning playoff basketball in game-2 of the Indiana series .. every Knicks player that got on the court put in a strong-effort on the defensive-end when they finally notice our super-star Carmelo Anthony consistently putting in a strong defensive-effort from the start of tip-off (something very rare in Melo's performance).
Plus Melo did something else unusual by letting his teammates do the majority of scoring in the first-half of the game, which pump-up players to have a winning attitude on both sides of the court in the 2nd-half of the game.
Melo did the right thang and took over the scoring in the 2nd-half of the game like a real super-star.
Great Knick WIN!!!
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1. Ball movement to get the scorers good looks and get them going + bouts of iso-ball to keep the defense guessing.