Can't we just be happy that the Knicks did as well as
they did and stop trying to find blame??!!
26 points on 30 shots is inefficient. I just don't see that being on the same level as missing 5 out of 8 playoff games in 2 years, especially when both were self inflicted, outside of the confines of an NBA game. Tweaking your back on an overly athletic dunk in the layup line, and then cutting your hand on glass covering a fire extinguisher, is far more egregious than feeling the need to carry your team in the playoffs.....yet again, because you're not getting much help.
Amar'e was 1-1 from the field in the first half on Monday, 3-4 from the free throw line. So by that stat line, he took a grand total of 3 shot attempts in the first half, 2 not counting as attempts on the box score. But still 3, nonetheless.
3 actual attempts in one half of basketball. $18,217,705 salary. 3 shot attempts from the field in a half of playoff basketball.
Fields had 3 attempts in the first half, Tyson had 4....Amar'e had 3. You have to find a way to get more shots if you're making $18,217,705. Simple as that.
When a player attempts a "Free Throw", he is able to make one point for each time he puts it in the basket.
These so-called "points" are added to his team, and vicariously, his individual totals.
At the end of the game, you can add up all of the "points" that player scored for a "total" of points - again, for clarity's sake these INCLUDE one point for every free throw made.
Even though a free throw counts for a point, it does NOT count as a FG attempt, whether it is hit or missed.
Therefore, if a player scores 10 FTs, and 20 points elsewhere on the floor on 15 field goal attempts, he will actually have scored THIRTY (10 + 20) on FIFTEEN FGA (or, 2 total points per field goal attempt - Thirty points divided by fifteen field goal attempts).
By the same token, a guy who scores 0 FTs and 20 points elsewhere on the floor on 15 field goal attempts, he will have only scored TWENTY points on FIFTEEN FGA (for a total of 1.3333 points per field goal attempt).
Player TWO in this scenario is less efficient than player ONE even though they scored the same points from the field on the same amount of attempts, because Player ONE got himself to, and made, his free throw attempts - essentially player one is rewarded for attacking the hoop and getting fouled.
This concludes third grade mathematics.
Christ, it's no wonder intelligence scares you.
Fact of the matter is though, last year if Amare blew out his back dunking in the layup line, he would have blown it out at some point in that series. If a layup line dunk, no matter how flashy, blows out your back actual playoff basketball would certainly have done it.