The final few minutes of close games for this Knicks team looks eerily similar to the inept Knicks late in games last year. And with 10 new players on the roster I have to look to the main common denominator, and the man who's in charge of orchestrating what the team does on the court, to find the cause of the problem.
It starts at the top. It's not a matter of "if we had hit more of the 3s we took we would have won" it's a matter of creating some sort of sustainable offense, low percentage shots doesn't fit the bill. And even when we do start to drive...where's the backdoor cuts? Where's the guy running off of two baseline screens? Where's the ****ing movement? When one guy drives...everyone stands and watches and the defense just treats the driver like LeBron...5 heads looking at him and everyone converges on him.
Move your body and move the ball. It's absolutely atrocious to look up at the screen in the Garden to see that we're shooting 23% from 3. I think we were like 5/22 at that point. How does it even get that bad? At some point the coach has to draw up something else for his guys cause IT. AINT. WORKIN'
I watched that Jazz vs Heat game on Tuesday, and even tho Sloan uses the pick and roll and a good amount of perimeter shots...the man movement and ball movement was delicious.
This is all really a referendum on D'Antoni. Players often say they like to play for him because he "let's you play your game and takes the reins off, etc. etc." well ****...with Steve Nash orchestrating the O' and getting people open looks all over the court, and Team USA (which also benefits from other coaches with résumés that rivals D'Antoni's) then it's real easy to "let go of the reins" and "let them play their game." This team needs some structure, desperately. High pick and rolls, chucking 3s, and "playing your game" is barely even the dirt under the foundation so we're not even close to any sort of structure.