Boston, which according to Synergy Sports forced opponents into a league-low 34.5% shooting mark from mid-range distance, is typically there waiting for Anthony whenever he penetrates. He got nine open jump shots in the first two matchups, but saw just three in Games 3, 4 and 5 combined.”When he starts the play, they load up on him and he sees four [defenders]. He beats that first guy,” then struggles to finish the play, said Jason Kidd.
Playing point forward is less than ideal for Anthony, a six-time All-Star, because it makes him more deliberate and leaves him less opportunity to act as a deadly spot-up shooter.
Tommy DeeWhen JR is struggling, Melo really internalizes the offense. We’ve seen this often. Woodson has to make the necessary adjustments tomorrow which starts with (from an earlier conversation with my man Chris earlier today…)
@herringwsj Melo is catching and facing way too far from the basket. Zero passing lanes or defensive reactions are the direct result
— Tommy Dee (@TommyDeeTKB) May 2, 2013
Melo facing up from 15-18 on the wing, or especially up top, doesn’t work. The Celtics have 4 or 5 guys watching the ball and Melo simply takes too long and too many dribbles to get to the rim. The solution besides primary pick and roll from the top? One, Melo has to run to either block on a missed shot and establish DEEP post position like a center would. He’s unguardable that close to the rim especially on the left side and he can get whoever is forced to pick him up in foul trouble. The key word there is FORCED. That’s an effort play by Melo.
Other adjustments include a two-man game on the wing forcing a guard/forward switch which gets Melo closer to the rim, and of course spreading the floor going small with Melo as a screener or stretch 4. If he can establish his jumper he becomes a more fluid jumper.
Toss all the metrics out as they are results of a possession. Don’t get confused. They are a factual conclusion of an action that people love to hang their hats on. That action starts with WHERE and WHEN the offense is triggered and over the past two games the Celtics have dictated it starts with Melo holding the ball a long ways from the rim with 4-5 defenders waiting his decisions. The Knicks can dictate their own offense if they establish Melo deep in the offense early in the shot clock.
To me, it’s a pretty simple adjustment that the Knicks have executed plenty of times in plenty of wins this season.