Could players faith in Woodson be fading?

“They made adjustments the way they played the pick-and-roll, the way they packed the paint and stayed with our 3-point shooters. They made that adjustment. We didn’t make the adjustment back to it.’’

-Carmelo Anthony after last night’s loss to the Pacers

Harris Decker

There are two ways in which a player can voice his concerns about the coaching staff. You can be Dwight Howard and publicly ridicule and call out the members of the staff. Or you can be subliminal, using words like “didn’t make adjustments” to signify discontent.

Mike Woodson

Carmelo did the latter after Thursday night’s loss to the Pacers. After the team got destroyed, Anthony was very specific with what they did wrong. He said, in plain English that the Knicks didn’t make adjustments while the Pacers did. Making adjustments is the most important thing that the coach does during the game and Anthony felt that Woodson didn’t do the job last night.

It’s been clear all along that the players generally like Woodson and James Dolan cited this as a reason for backing him after the slow start. He told the New York Post back in November that “I have a lot of confidence in Woodson, and one thing I can say about Mike is he has the respect of all the players. They all respect him.”

The question that has to be asked after Anthony’s comments is if that respect remains intact. Woodson has done a fair job this year. He hasn’t been good but he hasn’t been horrible. He was dealt a deck with only half the cards in it, void of veteran leadership and with plenty of injury prone components. Still, this team is better than they are playing and that has to be on the coach. At least in part.





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truth77
truth77

J.ts Chinese sticks.Sorry computer changes words on me.



truth77
truth77

Great game,played hard.power play failure and J.t-shirt Chinese sticks were the difference.

stemsv2k
stemsv2k

Don't have a horse in this race, but pulling for the Isles because a Ranger v. Islander match-up in the next round would be awesome and great for hockey in and out of NY. This is a hard fought evenly matched series, fun to watch. The guys below who say the Islanders have to get in front and start crashing the net...BINGO, that's how'll you'll beat Holtby and the Caps.

tomba
tomba

Doug Weight what games are you watching??? The PP sucks and you need to try something else!!! Geeze is be happy if you planted Boulton in front of the net. Something please!!!

bobbieb
bobbieb

When the season started lee and Nelson planted themselves in front of the net to score goals. Why have they changed their game. Isles giving holtby clear view of every shot.

jethrono9
jethrono9

Anybody see the double overtime win by the Hawks over the Preds? The winning goal came because there was a Hawk screening Rinne, so that he couldn't see the puck shot from the Blue line,  its a damn shame the Isles do not have anyone with the balls  to emulate the Hawks player, why? Because they are way to damn small, this team needs to get bigger, and develope some grit. I dont want to hear the BS that this team is big enough by shills as it was posted in earlier threads, Nelson is tall, but not big, Lee is big but not tough,Martin is both big, and tall but plays on the 4th line, the rest of the squad are either under 200 pounds, or only as tall as 6 foot, and so many are soft like Neilsen, Bailey, JT,  and Grabner. Casey, and Cal are good little role players but lack size, KO is well KO, not that big and not so tough either.  Kuli is an enigma just as Grabovsky is, and i just pray that some of these stats aren't the reason should they lose this PO series.Edit (in 4 minutes)

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

I dont want to hear the BS that this team is big enough by shills


i genuinely hope this is some sort of joke. disagreeing with you about the size of the team = shill??  love the logic there 

bserviss9
bserviss9

How is Kulemin an Enigma? His game plan is to forecheck, backcheck, possess the puck and hit players. That's exactly what he's doing this series.

He's been one of if not the best Islander in this series

jethrono9
jethrono9

@bserviss9 Wasn't he brought in to score goals and take some heat off of JT and KoO to add scoring to another line along with Grabovsky? that is what i an referring to this team is starving for more offense, not just puck possession.

bserviss9
bserviss9

@jethrono9 @bserviss9 No, that's what you all assumed he was suppose to do because of his contract situation, which every single islander fan knew we had to overpay anyone to come to this team.

jethrono9
jethrono9

Eff the Knicks, this is a Islanders hockey blog.

jethrono9
jethrono9

The flowers will bloom in the spring, tra la

Edmund Dantes
Edmund Dantes

It is time to insert Michael Graber and see if Grabowski can play. If Visnovsky can't go, put Reinhart with Leddy, and Boychuk with Hickey. However, more importantly, somebody has to stand in front of the net on the powerplay. It does no good for Boychuk and Leddy to shoot if nobody is going to screen the goalie. Pucks go in from the point because the goalie"s vision is obscured by one or two players including his own even for a moment or it is deflected either intentionally or unintentionally. Watch the Islanders, they stand on the side, as if they're afraid to get hit with Boychuk's or Leddy's shot.

tpjm
tpjm

I blame this loss on the LI criminals who keyed the caps fan's car, stole his plates and stole the dumpiseum seats. The hockey gods wouldn't let NYI win because of karma.  Good job LI.


How about those Knicks?

bserviss9
bserviss9

I think we are just all shocked that you actually watched the game. Except you probably didn't, you probably just watch ESPN later that night

Joey Ferguson
Joey Ferguson

my gut tells me the preds are gonna win the series in 7

jethrono9
jethrono9

Butterfingers they lost the puck lol

tag1
tag1

Anybody watching this Hawks Preds OT?

tag1
tag1

Outstanding OT

tag1
tag1

Great game

jt91
jt91

@tag1 Wow Flames up 3-1 in series

Jason Zimmermann
Jason Zimmermann

How far off is Hamonic? Can we get someone who's not playing overly well to cross-check Tom Wilson in the Adam's apple and knock him out of commission for a while?

bserviss9
bserviss9

Hamonic might be done for the season

Mike T.
Mike T.

I don't know what the advanced stats say, but to me, the Kennedy, Nelson, Lee line looked pretty bad tonight.  If he is physically cleared to play, I would put Grabo on that line for Thursday's game, and sit Kennedy.

time2win
time2win

I agree. I think Kennedy played well. He hit and kept fighting through checks.

rmvacation
rmvacation

Lee is not strong enough on his skates. If he doesn't establish position, he can not force his way into position.

Defenders are permitted more holding, obstruction and contact off the puck.

Anders Lee isn't a strong skater, and it is being exposed in the playoffs.

jt91
jt91

@Mike T. Also at this point Grabo wouldn't be a bad idea in some spot. 

Mike T.
Mike T.

@jt91  I was at the game too.  No one stood out to me at all.

jt91
jt91

@Mike T. For me at least Kennedy through his body. That line had no puck poss

Mike T.
Mike T.

@jt91 None at all.  That is another reason I think Grabo could help.  Let him control the puck like he does, and see if Lee or Nelson can pop one in.

jt91
jt91

@Mike T. That might be the right line combo. Grabo can create for Lee and Nelson can work the dirty areas

tag1
tag1

I watched Lee spend too much time at the side of the net instead of in front of the net on the pp, he needs to plant himself in front and stay there.

jt91
jt91

@tag1 Your right. He was waiting on the side of the net to try and stuff attempt . Need him screening Holby  

jethrono9
jethrono9

@tag1 saw that also tag, but the entire team has no one with any 'jam' most teams have guys who will stand in front just to block out the goalie but not the isles whenmost shots are taken from near the blue line the goalies will stop those all game long

jt91
jt91

@jethrono9 @tag1 For some reason thats never been the Islanders style . Has to change

jt91
jt91

@jethrono9 Holby is seeing everything. Dirty goals or we are going home

jethrono9
jethrono9

@jt91 @jethrono9 yep  no doubt albeit he is a good goalie but can be beat just need the right kinds of players for that to happen and this Isles team needs to learn it or get out the clubs

jt91
jt91

@Mike T. I was at the game. Kennedy the smallest guy on that line played the biggest. Nelson and Lee are playing small!

Mike T.
Mike T.

At this point, I just don't see the Isles winning these series.  They've let too many opportunities slip away, and there's nothing to suggest that the same things won't just keep happening, just like they did over the second half of the season. Hopefully as guys mature, the team will develop more of a killer instinct, but at this point they don't have it.  A championship calibre team that was given the opportunities the Isles had in game 2 and tonight would have put this thing away in 4.

mrcisback
mrcisback

@Mike T. Mike when and if the Islanders lose this series then we can reevaluate how we can improve. Until some team beats us 4 times were still in it.

jt91
jt91

@Mike T. I'm still going with Islanders in 7! They just need to get some dirty goals instead of looking for the perfect shot! The pp has to finally break through.

Mike T.
Mike T.

@jt91  Hey, I hope you guys are right, but tonight was not at all encouraging.

jt91
jt91

@Mike T.  Over 4 games we have been the better team. Thats why i still have hope!