NYT: Knicks’ Problem in a Word – Offense
The New York Knicks lost in the first round to the Miami Heat because their offense faltered. During the regular season New York averaged 104.4 points per 100 possessions, also called offensive rating, which was 17th best in the N.B.A. In the games 1, 3, and 4 of the playoffs, New York managed deplorable ratings of 81.4, 82.8, and 94.1 respectively on offense.
Tyson Chandler’s drop in production was noticeable, going from a 70.8 to 49.1 true shooting percentage. Shooting guard J.R. Smith’s rate plummeted to an abysmal 38.4 percent, despite having the team’s second highest usage rate (24.5 percent). Although Steve Novak shot well, he rarely shot at all, only managing nine field goal attempts the whole series. While Chandler and Novak’s scoring is dependent on their teammates, Smith’s ghastly marks were largely self-inflicted. The Knick guard frequently settled for long two-point jumpers, the least profitable area on the court to shot from.