I agree with Knicksfancesince92 and some others who question Felton's insistence on being the hero. In the last couple of minutes of the game, Felton woul not let any one else play.
He started the game distributing the ball beautifully, and not just to Amare. He had six assists before halftime. I think he got only one or two therafter. He was five for sixteen for the game.
In last night's game televised nationally on ESPN, there was a clip of an interview with Felton. He stated how he was never afraid to take the last shot, even if he had not been shooting well. I recall my concern over that comment.
Felton has shot miserably over the last several games, but today his hogging the ball really ticked me off. The media has been giving him too much credit and he is starting to believe it. He lost tonight's game.
The sad reality is MD is consdered an offensive coach. We know he likes to play small ball and defense isn't a concern. Well, in this case, you better be a freaking genuis when it comes to offense.
The very fact he couldn't design a play to move the ball around and find a mismatch or an open look... This is what's disturbing. Most coaches I see in the NBA have this talent to expose a weakness and get a good look off a timeout.
Heck, even OKC was smart enough to know to get Durant the ball and let him do his thing.
It's just pure misery to have to root for the Knicks with Dolan as our owner... We can't do anything about that. BUt to compound that pain with D'antoni is almost unbearable.
Dude. You're crazy if you didn't see the writing on the wall. Durant made shot after shot the last few minutes. We scored 4 points the final 4 minutes.
Off a timeout OKC put ball in KD's hands. Our coach asked RF to win the game (and he's shooting 36% in Jan).
It was not an accident what happened, the outcome wasn't b/c of a miracle shot.
I agree that Felton is taking WAY too many shots.
Frankly, I've been wondering that for a while but it never really came up because we were still WINNING due to Amar'e's domination.
But now that our team is in a slump we need to play SMART to win.
Imagine if Felton had only taken 10 shots and the other six possessions he got the ball to Amar'e and Gallo instead of shooting. If Amar'e and Gallo each make one shot, that's the difference in the game right there.
Someone needs to talk to Felton and get him to take fewer shots. Steve Nash has averaged 10.8 field goal attempts per game. Felton is not a better shooter than Steve Nash. Felton has better players on his team around him than Steve Nash. Felton should not be taking more shots than Steve Nash, a man who is arguably the best shooter in the game.
Conclusion: Felton needs to shoot less.
I also posted with 8 minutes left that the team put us in position to win. It was up to Felton-Stat to finish. Felton-Stat had to close it out, or (as I posted) Westbrook-Durant would. We play no defense, so it was clear as day that those 2 would score points down the stretch.
We lost b/c STAT-FELTON scored 28 points on 34 shots. We lost this game b/c MD had nothing but tumbleweeds and turns on his mind when we needed him to design a play. After Felton clanked that 3 (off another timeout), coach should have demanded that RF not shot under any circumstance. Design a play and get Gallo a shot.
Gallo was the reason we had a chance to win this game. LET HIM lose or win it.
This is why I'm not even sure getting Carmelo is worth anything. MD doesn't know how to adjust or do aomething different on offense. He wants to play small, space the floor and let the PG dribble around and make all the decisions on iso or p-&-r plays.
What a waste it would be to have Carmelo waiting on the wings hoping the PG passes him the ball every now and then.
I still think he is a good PG but ever since he got the triple double he is not only trying to pass but be the second scoring option on the team. Gallo had a great game today. This game also makes it official I believe the that Chandler and Fields are probably reacting bad to the trade rumors that all seem to include him.
The bottom line, despite your apparent clarvoyance, is that we had a good chance to win up until Felton botched this one.
I had confidence the team could pull this one out inspite of the all powerful writing on the wall you speak of..
Can't see why I should be faulted for that.
Tonight he couldn't even win with offense. We lost b/c coach sat there and watched Felton implode, b/c that's the only offense MD is capable of.
You think Larry Brown lets that happen?
Not a knock on you, I'm just tired of MD. We all agreed he got a pass the last 2 years b/c the position Walsh put him in. but he will be judged on this season... and right now... despite having an MVP candidate... The Knicks are 22-21, and will most likely be under .500 after we play DAL (2-04).