Amar’e and Melo connection- I thought Amar’e was strong early, which surprised me because it was his debut, but he had good positioning and knocked down the elbow jumper. Melo attacked Landry Fields initially and had some success in the half court. Need to see more Jason Kidd with both of them. I loved the pick and roll with both of them and expect to see more of this under Mike Woodson. What better way to get chemistry between two players than isolate the two of them on one side of the floor.
Amar’e on the block- Just okay. I thought he had some good possessions but when the game speeds up, he struggles getting HIS spot on the floor to be ready to catch and post. He had a travel because he caught the ball too far from the block. He needs to work on finding the post then sealing his man and being ready to catch then make his move. His jump hook from the right block vs any defender should be unstoppable.
Asleep in the third- With the team focused on the two players it limited the effectiveness of Tyson Chandler and Steve Novak offensively, in particular. It turned into Amar’e and Melo taking all the shots, which should be the case, but the other support players have to be ready to put points on the board. The third leading scorers were Felton and Prigioni, both with 9. The Knicks need 4 or 5 players in double figures at all times in my opinion. The Knicks were missing shots and allowing for the Raptors to get out, hence leading to Toronto’s 30 third quarter points and a stranglehold on the game.