Tommy DeeYou can take whichever road of criticism you like when talking about why the Knicks have their backs against the wall 3-1. I’m taking a three-pronged approach.
Granted, George Hill and Lance Stephenson are NBA players and maybe this was their time to come into their own. But do they really have to hit EVERY momentum killing three-pointer? It’s unbelievable that over the last two games Indiana’s backcourt has thrust dagger after dagger from the perimeter when the Knicks attempt any sort of run.
Secondly, Woodson has to do a better job with his bench in making adjustments. We’ve said this all season, but his inability to adjust in Atlanta was his biggest flaw and that is on full display in this series. Frank Vogel is schooling him. Vogel’s strategy of attacking JR Smith in transition with screens knowing that Smith is a dreadful pick and roll defender on top of telling defenders guarding Smith’s jumpers to run out is genius. Smith is absolutely lost at times on both ends and Vogel and the Pacers are exploiting every ounce of it. Woodson has inexplicably buried Pablo Prigioni and called on shot-maker Chris Copeland far too late in the game in my mind. Stubbornness is hurting the Knicks incredibly.
Thirdly, and by far most importantly in my mind, is this ridiculous decision to double team the post every time the ball is entered. If you start Kenyon Martin and go big then why double? Why force your team into unnecessary rotations? How many times do we have to see Knicks bigs out of position and losing a helpless battle on the offensive glass when they need to close possessions? The Pacers are winning this series in part because they REFUSE to auto-double. It’s why the Knicks can’t shake loose on the perimeter.
I’ve been fine with Coach Woodson for the most part, but his decisions are absolutely killing this team.