Tonight’s 4 Factors (vs GSW, 11/20/07)
After each game this season, we’ll be taking a look at what the four factors have to say about the game– how the winner won and the loser lost. For an intro to the four factors, see A Layman’s Guide to Advanced NBA Statistics.
Knicks lose to Warriors, 82 – 108
Pace Eff eFG FT/FG OREB% TOr GSW 100.0 108.0 52.9% 19.8 17.8 11.0 NYK 82.0 41.8% 20.3 36.6 29.0
If the Knicks keep this up, we may as well prepackage the following message for all these 4 factor posts:
The defense was awful. The offense was awful. Awful D + Awful O = blowout losses and a lottery team. fin.
What still cannot be emphasized enough though is that the offense is hurting more than the D. 108 points per 100 possessions is actually below the Knicks’ season average so far, and also less than their average defensive efficiency in their two wins (109.5). So it’s terrible, yes, but not something that will change.
The amazing vanishing offense is continuing its whirlwind tour, however. And what dictates New York’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde mood swings is variation in the offense, which unlike the D, can range from very good to very bad. Right now we’re in a prolonged spell of utter badness. 82 points per 100 possessions. The 4th straight game under 43% eFG. And a whopping season high 29 TOs per 100 possessions, worst of the season by a large margin. The ’94 Knicks would have a tough time winning with that offensive performance, let alone this bunch.
It seems the league has adjusted to the Knicks’ offensive attack. The ball is in Isiah’s court now. What is his countermove? The clock is still ticking.
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