Perhaps the best display of the Knicks defense came Friday night as Tyson Chandler, en route to four blocked shots, terrorized All Star center Roy Hibbert (who shot only 2-10) and the rest of the Indiana Pacers. In that game Indiana shot worse from two-point range (38.7 percent) than New York did from behind the three-point line (44 percent).
New York’s troubles stem from their low ranking on offense, which currently stands at 19th in the N.B.A. It’s hard to understand what caused such a poor showing, because it’s not as if the Knicks lack viable scoring options.
Meanwhile, a guy who got a D in his last high school math class sez:
In his six, mostly middling seasons at the helm of the Atlanta Hawks, Mike Woodson wasn’t exactly known as a coach prone to freelancing or experimentation. Famous more for his isolation-friendly offensive system – a steadfast reliance on Joe Johnson helped earn it the description “Iso Joe” – and point guard leashes that bordered on choke collars, Woodson leaned heavily on his stars, and rarely delved very deeply into his bench.
Not surprisingly, the three games since Mike D’Antoni’s resignation have seen the Knicks retreat somewhat from their former coach’s run-and-gun style, and toward a more ball control-oriented, scripted half-court style. From Woodson’s perspective, having Carmelo Anthony as your go-to gunner must make marking up the most potent play that much easier.
But Woodson’s brief tenure as the Knicks’ skipper has also yielded some interesting deviations from his coaching M.O, specifically when it comes to bench playing time.