Knicks @ Magic (L)
The Knicks played a great freethrow/driving game today with the Orlando Magic. It was sad to see we've given into a loss that we were bound to win by 3rd quarter. We were playing a tough game, many no calls that Carmelo Anthony did not pick up, he was being wacked, sacked, & hacked. Our big three scored about 85+ points total from an aging Chauncey Billups & a less efficient Carmelo.
I believe that our LEGIT first option is Chauncey Billups. It has been PROVEN. I don't, not do I think any other person should question Billups & his leadership. He went to the line, he's a fighter. He controls the ball with strength, power, potential to push/drive him or his teammates. Chauncey broke his record in most freethrows taken, that's amazing that he can create whatever shot selection he wants.
Carmelo Anthony relied to much on Amare & his teammates. I don't blame him. He should of also went to the line. Anderson of the Orlando Magics heated it up from three along with Jameer Nelsons efficiency second half of the game. With this said, its given players like Dwight or Bass & Anderson to take full control. Richardson played great defense body to body on Carmelo to freeze his game up.
Today, was a heart breaking loss. Why? Because we played our heart out, well everyone besides Toney Douglas offensively, to face the Hornets at home with a tired starting lineup. Another reason for this loss is the chucking of threes, allowing Shawne Williams to shoot threes late 2 mins of the 4th quarter is beyond questionable to me on why Mike D' Antoni would allow this, followed by another three by Douglas bricking more shots.
-Carmelo being frozen by Richardsons defense held us behind along with the no calls.
-Offense from Toney Douglas cost us the game. If those shots did fall, we would of prevailed. We could of also had another player replacing him that could of possibly made those shots he has. Why he wasn't substituted was the biggest issue.
-Our big three seems like they get the job done, but our role players aren't cut out.
-Shawne Williams needs to work on his driving game & only take threes when wide open, also learn to create plays.
-Shawne Williams guarding Dwight Howard/ any other big men in the NBA will hurt us. I don't care if he has a name of Dwight Howard or Mozgov. We need someone who is built to guard big men.
-Fields is cold. He seems to be hurt by us not running transition plays created mostly by Felton. Billups needs to work side by side with Fields to help create.
3 out of 5 players on our lineup cannot take on a good starting lineup with a good enough bench. We need to improve with that, & we will be a very good team. With this said, we can only wait, train, practice, & use this month as building chemistry, build our players & also help Billups learn each players ability to perform in ways they can be great at.
Re: Knicks @ Magic (L)
I did not like our defensive rotations in the second half. Too many open shots and Orlando makes 9.3 threes per game on average, making 8 tonight. Defense on Dwight wasn't that bad considering that he only scored 13 points after the second quarter. What D'antoni should have done is subbed Fields out in the fourth quarter when Nelson was getting hot and put in AC on the switch to slow him down some. Chauncey kept getting beat off screens either by jump shot or dribble drive by Nelson; he had a hell of a fourth quarter. Melo settled for too many jump shots at times and should have moved to one block with Stat on the high post and vice versa. Ryan Anderson made four threes which hurt us and they were getting to the loose balls in the 3rd and 4th quarters. Seemed as though we got out of our game a bit with a couple of T's as well in the second half. Somone get Walker on the phone and tell him to drive the ball to the damn hole every once in a while. He is turning into just a jump shooter. Shawne Williams is doing the same thing; settling for too many jump shots. TD had a bad game too. Shots not falling and not attacking the basket. Fields is not moving without the ball as much as before. Since they run no plays for him, he needs to cut or use ball screens on the opposite side of the ball. Since JJ Redick plays no defense, I might have tried either RMJ or Andy Rautins just to spread the floor for a couple of minutes. Fields has a high IQ but we need a shooter at times on the floor in the 2 spot since TD was off. Looked at times that we were bunched up all on one side or down in the paint. This is one we should had gotten tonight and we let is slip away at the end of the third period going into the fourth...
Re: Knicks @ Magic (L)
I think we should try to get Bibby if we can, because Douglas is horrible. I know he has a defense game but his offense is so random every 10 games or so. I think Carmelo needs to drive more he's more deadly then settling for jumpers. He's a slow scorer and that's good because he can be consistant a fast scorer would have problems being streaky.
Any way we can get Bibby I think he's showing signs of signing with the Heat. If we get him we have a arsenal for a backup. AC does have experience and defense, Douglas is just explosive and has defense. Amare is still deadly but needs to stay away from early foul problems.
One of the issues we got to address is our big men. With our two new pick ups we should train them in and I'm sure rotations woul be cut. Turiaf did make a few stops after being wedged by Howard, but it affected him mentally.
Re: Knicks @ Magic (L)
Melo had an off night down the stretch (even though he still had 25).They switch a lot of ppl on him.It was good coaching and effort on Orlando's part. STAT played fairly well but he too was frustrated by all the switching and help defense down the stretch.
It was a hard game to get a flow going which benefits Orlando and hinders us. there were so many fouls (like 92).A really ugly game.
Two things that stuck out though that had me worried we wouldn't win even when we were up 11.Shawne Williams was guarding Dwight Howard and Toney Douglas seems to be getting worse and worse game by game.I mean dude is just awful at the point.Its going to be a problem going forward.You can't play Billups all those minutes like you play Felton.He's 34.We better call Rafer or sign Sundiata Gaines once his 10 day contract is up.
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