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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Some Plays Count: December 12th, Part 1

I found four interesting plays from the December 12th game against Denver, and decided to break down film on them to gain a better understanding of the Knicks. Originally I had them as one big video, but it got a bit long, so I decided to give each play its own video. Here is part 1, which documents how a few different players combine for an open shot.

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12 comments on “Some Plays Count: December 12th, Part 1

  1. george from brooklyn

    Mike, this is a very young team which still needs time to develop and I’m convinced they will be significantly better in March than they are now. Some observations re this specific play. If Nene doubles Chandler has to make him pay by being avaliable closer to the basket,once Felton starts to the basket Will needs to challenge Nene by being in the 10 ft range so Nene can’t double hard, having all 3 alternatives on the 3-point line is excess. Chandler should have initially run the baseline, Nene would had have to cover and not double to prevent the lob or the bounce pass for the lay-up, Fields and Gallo would rotate and the Gallo pass would be a shorter pass at the top of the key for a straight-on 3. But even with the Clev disappointment, I was at the game they looked tired, I still think we have lots of good b-ball to look forward to. Respectfully.

  2. BigBlueAL

    “Unfortunately, Gallo misses the shot.”

    Unfortunately Gallo has been missing shots like that too frequently all season long.

  3. Ben R

    BigBlueAL: “Unfortunately, Gallo misses the shot.”Unfortunately Gallo has been missing shots like that too frequently all season long.  (Quote)

    Why are people so hard on Gallo? He has a better TS% than Amare, Felton, Chandler, LeBron, Wade, Durant, etc. He is an extremely efficient scorer and frankly if he ends his career with a career average 59% TS% I will be very happy. He has holes in his game but his ability to hit shots is not one of them.

  4. ess-dog

    Ben R:
    Why are people so hard on Gallo? He has a better TS% than Amare, Felton, Chandler, LeBron, Wade, Durant, etc. He is an extremely efficient scorer and frankly if he ends his career with a career average 59% TS% I will be very happy. He has holes in his game but his ability to hit shots is not one of them.  

    It’s because he’s so inconsistent. In the first half of the Miami game, he looked like Larry friggin’ Bird. Then against Cleveland, he goes 1-10 from three. He probably has the highest upside of our young players, but he’s also such a question mark night in and night out for this team. Which Gallo will show up? Clearly some of this is age, but if he can bring the “good” Gallo every night, I think we’d all be ecstatic.

  5. Doug

    He’s TWENTY-TWO. I just turned 22 and if I were in his situation I would shit my pants nightly under that kind of pressure.

    Young players struggle with consistency. He’ll put it together.

  6. Ben R

    I think there are many factors with Gallo. First he is the third/fourth option in the Knicks offense. His production is very dependant on Felton getting him the ball. Second all outside shooters are at least a little streaky. Third there is the age factor.

    What exactly is the “good” Gallo. Because if we are expecting him to bring Larry Bird type play we will all be very disappointed. Overall he brings it alot more often than he doesn’t as reflected in his very good TS%. The big thing offensively I would like to see is a little higher usage. Maybe get him up to 18-20 points a game instead of 16-18, but that is something that often improves with age and should get better.

    If he can, in his prime, get his scoring to the 20 point point per game range while still keeping his TS% around 60% he will be an all-star and everything we could hope for. I see that as quite possible.

    They say it’s young players who get coaches fired. He is inconsistant, he is young. I agree with Doug he will put it together.

  7. BigBlueAL

    Guys, I was just referring to his 3pt shooting. He is shooting .364% from 3pt range this season while taking almost 1 less 3pter per game than last season. So he is taking less 3’s and is shooting them worse, not a good combo.

    He has taken great strides this year in his ability to drive and get to the basket/get fouled. It is what is keeping him so efficient. His passing has improved slightly and he continues to not turn it over. But he is actually rebounding worse than last season and is shooting 3’s as I mentioned at a career worst %.

    Im one of Gallo’s biggest fans and as have mentioned before the fact that he is only 22 yo is what keeps me from wanting him to be traded and giving up on him. Plus he genuinely looks thrilled to be a NY Knick. But its not a knock on him to say so far this season he has been a slight disappointment. It shows though how good he can be where a season where offensively he seems to have regressed some he is still shooting at a 59% TS% which is great.

  8. Nick C.

    Notice the who should I guard choice by Melo he sags on both and had the rebound bounce right to him. Very interesting.

  9. Nick C.

    As for the play that exact play or something similar where Felton penetrated and threw it out to the wing for an open 3 was working pretty well in the first half against Boston.

  10. gransoporro

    Gallinari has problems of intensity (in fact he has bursts within the game, both sides of the basket, rather than an even contribution as all of you noticed) and sometimes confidence. Being Italian, I can easily see that they come from his character. Italians mature late, around 25, but Gallinari seems more mature than his age. Also in Europe there is a net of coaches and players (often ex players) around the young players, mentoring them and giving them confidence (and for example checking they behave like pros and don’t party till late). I am not sure he gets anything similar here. I have this feeling he misses that kind of support.

    Anyway, if you compare him to Larry Bird for the shooting only, I am ok (sort of…); not for the rest of Bird’s game. However the reference player to compare Gallinari is the European Toni Kukoc, before he gained 15 kg in a summer and moved to the NBA (he lost speed and a bit of touch when he got all that muscles).
    I remember Toni too missing open 3s that he would never have missed in his years in Europe.

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