What ails the Knicks? Cheesy bread? No! The same thing that ailed them early in the season, lack of a point guard with a pulse.
As the Knicks faced off against the Heat, they lost Shumpert in Game 1. Without two of their top point guards, New York’s offense has collapsed. Neither Davis nor Bibby has the ability to beat his opponent off the dribble consistently, which has given the Heat’s defense a huge advantage. Because of this, Miami has fronted Carmelo Anthony in the midpost, and run shooters off the 3-point line. Both of these tactics have completely disrupted the New York offense.
By making the Knicks struggle to get Anthony the ball, they have reduced the number of plays he can make for his teammates. Case in point: During the regular season Steve Novak attempted 10 3-pointers for every 36 minutes played. In this series against Miami, he has played nearly 67 minutes and managed to take only six shots from downtown. When teams are overplaying on defense, it is the point guard’s duty to make them pay by taking the action to the basket. Davis and Bibby have been unable to counteract Miami’s game plan.