The Knicks find themselves in a bit of a funk going 1-4 in the current five stretch after going 4-1 in the previous five game stretch. The biggest difference in the two five game stretches is the offensive numbers. During the 4-1 stretch the Knicks scored over 100 in 4 of 5 games. During the 1-4 stretch the Knicks reached 100 in 1 of 4 games. So what’s the problem? Well the easy answer is to point to JJ and his time in the starting line up, but actually JJ is doing okay. JJ’s eFG% over the last five games is 53.3% (15-30, 2-7). The lowest eFG% of all starters in the last five game belongs to Duhon at 25.8% (6-29, 3-19). Duhon’s offense has been so poor, D’Antoni was forced to dust off Larry Hughes, who has not made a field goal in his last four games. I’d rather see Toney Douglas get some playing time, he may not be a great distributor but he cant be as turnover prone as Nate Robinson has been of late.
I am curious to see how D’Antoni rights the ship. The Pistons have been a poor defensive team all year, particularly on the road. If the Knicks are going to get the offense clicking, this would be the game to do it. Of course, with a 1 o’clock start time, I doubt Duhon had time to nap before the game. Oh well, we shall see.