worst game i ever seen crawford play
Who else would you want taking them shots? I mean Crawford had a awful game, but he's had plenty of awful games but yet late in the game hits the dagger for us to win the game.
The only other guy you may have a case for is Nate but he's far from a high percentage shooter, plus he has no track record for making a big shot.
You guys act like Jamal has gone 6-27 the whole road trip. He's still not a high FG% shooter but he's played well over the last 15 games. He had a bad game let it go. And as far as the minutes go. Who else is going to play those minutes. Mardy has proven little to nothing this year, so for the most part we have a 3 guard rotation. I'd like to get his minutes down to like 38 but it ain't going to happen.
I would much rather see Jerome James chuck up shots than Crawford. Crawford doesn't feel guilty when he chucks away the game, atleast seeing James chuck up shots will be comical.
See whenever I got a off night I DONT shoot, even I miss at most three in a row I focus on getting my teammates involved, and or hustling for the Offensive rebounds. Jamal just chucks it.
All i have to say is Crawford is a dumbass and Lee is a champ. That dunk from Robinsons missed layup was the games highlight and with the chance to win the game Crawford chucks up a fking brick. Ever heard of driving the ball into the lane?? Im guessing Crawford didnt watch LeBron the night before do that exact thing with a seconds left to beat Portland.
Crawford = dumbass
I'm not blaming the other players or defending Crawford's game. I am pointing out the limitations of some players and how those limitations impact the chemistry of the game.
Guys like Balkman and Lee bring a ton to the table, but they can't hit from the outside or create their own shots when they get the ball on the outside. Neither can several other players that get a lot of time. So teams can adjust to that defensively.
That leaves very little on the inside for them except for put backs (which they are great at, but you can only get so many).
You can't just dump the ball down into Lee, Zbo or Balkman and get them more shots. They get doubled, get their shots blocked, etc... If we forced them to shoot, their shooting percentages would plummet, there would be turnovers etc... and we would be complaining about that.
So SOMEONE has to shoot from the outside a lot more than we would like because some of the other guys can't. Then unless those guys are red hot, we are pissed off at them for taking too many bad shots and not hitting enough.
Every night it's another story, right?
Either people are saying Zbo is taking bad shots, Robinson's shot selection needs to improve, or Crawford is chucking again.
One problem is that we have too many one dimensional players. That puts us into a position of taking a lot of bad shots because teams adjust to the lack of outside offensive skills of some of the others.
Crawford is the worst offender and he's not a great shooter. I'm not defending him, I'm pointing out the overall flaw that contributes to the problem. Give us a great outside shooting SF and guarantee you that Crawfords outside shot count goes WAAAAAAY down and his FG% actually goes up.
Last edited by knicklover; Feb 03, 2008 at 09:13.
Same thing. You're actually trying to hard to point out pointless flaws and make it seem like that Balkman and Lee are part of the problem when the fact is they're part of the solution and Crawford isn't. If you can't understand that simple fact from watching the games and past history, then you're totally lost.
Stop typing make believe stories. Since when do we feed Balkman in the post? He moves well without the basketball, we don't need offense from him since his defense creates offensive opportunities.
Crawford has the worst shot selection in the NBA; it is no competition. When Q-rich was shooting 40% last season; Crawford was still doing the same thing. Its never going to change, thats who he is, a chucker.
We don't need Lee or Balk to hit anything from the outside, they're taking high percentage shots in the paint and getting to the free throw line.
You talk about hitting from the outside so much, Crawford isn't even doing a job of that. Not only he has terrible shot selections, he's not a very good shooter either.
Crawford is clocking 41.5 minutes a game, the result: over 30 losses already in early Feb.
You can't just let Crawford chuck all game, its really the fastest way to lose a game. I honestly rather see Lee get some opportunities to score and gain more confidence within his ability. We all seen flashes of Lee scoring 20 points; its just a matter of Crawford sharing instead of chucking.
Balkman is a pothead clone of Kirilenko, Lenko isn't gifted offensively, but moves well without the basketball; Balkman can develop a jumper just like Lenko did in his 3rd season in the NBA. Aside from jumpshooting, Balkman is excellent at a lot of attributes; similar to Kirilenko which is why I compared the two. Balkman can pass in the fast break or run up and down the court for fast tempo scoring. Balkman is one of the best rebounders at his positions and defenders, along with his Ron Artest-like intensity he brings on the court; its really sad that you have to use Balkman's flaws to bring up Crawford's status; which should be the lowest on this team along with Richardson, Jefferies, James and Curry.
Crawford gets blocked a lot too, whats your point? Crawford is weak and frail and isn't much of a challenge against big men when he drives to the basket; hench why he's a chucker. Crawford hates contact and physical play, and at best will average 17-19 ppg his career at max minutes. If he wasn't such a *****, he could be a 25 ppg scorer; but Crawford is he what he is, a *****.
Crawford sucks no matter what the circumstances are. If your going to try to blame someone for him sucking Isiah Thomas is that someone. Hes the jackass giving him these minutes and not repremanding him for taking all these shots. Like Kiyaman said the Knicks need a coach.