Harris DeckerThere were so many things that stung about last night. It started with the Atlanta Hawks blowing out the Cleveland Cavaliers. As timelines go, we found out that the Hawks had secured the victory just a few minutes before the Knicks started their abysmal tumble towards the nine seed.
The way last nights game ended was indicative of the season. They lost the way they’ve lost the entire season. By playing sloppy with the game on the line. That last few minutes was horrifying to watch and shows the lack of structure in the Mike Woodson system.
While most coaches would have a play drawn up with 12 seconds left on the clock, Woodson relied on what he’s done all season. Clear out and give the ball to Carmelo Anthony. The trouble with this was that the message was not clear.
Raymond Felton dribbled the ball for a few minutes before Anthony basically stole the ball around mid court. This is the product of a system void of discipline. The Knicks had thrived throughout the night running the pick and roll and using J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert to breakdown defenses. Yet, with the game on the line, Anthony held the ball and hoisted up a less than smooth looking shot.
What more should we have expected?
Woodson doesn’t run through a system. He runs through a player. Even with the ailing shoulder, Anthony took control and there was no one to stop him. You can look to Smith missing a wide open Amare Stoudemire under the basket as the big miss but Anthony’s play in the moments before that were truly hard to watch.
This could be the beginning of the end for the Knicks playoff chances and what a way to go.