thkthebest wrote:Knicks played below average defense for the entire season. I don't know understand why people think otherwise. I'm guessing it's because D'Antoni is no longer the coach, but their defense still sucked (worse than last season).
Carmelo averages 51.2 TS% for the postseason and below 50% this postseason. I'd say that's one big reason why the Knicks are sucking.
Knicks regular season = bad defense + bad offensive rebounding + insane number of 3s in the regular season
Pacers regular season = best defense + elite offensive rebounding + best 3Pt defense
Interesting stat on jumpers.
Knicks (12-13): 73% are jumpers
Heat (11-12): 66% jumpers
Mavs (10-11): 75% jumpers
Lakers (09-10): 64% jumpers
Lakers (08-09): 63% jumpers
Celtics (07-08): 66% jumpers
Defense worse than last season? No way. I agree with your and mostly everyone else's analysis about jump-shooting teams. But, their defense has NOT been the problem this series. It's rebounding and just missing shots, period. Pacers haven't done their damage on offense, its on the boards and their ability to take away perimeter shots. I will admit defense has been inconsistent at times this series, but the killer has been the offense, point blank. When your 6th man of the year disappears, backup PG hasn't made a shot all game, and coach refuses to put scorers such as Copeland in, it's a recipe for mediocrity.
And while Melo is obviously getting plenty of blame, he shouldn't. Yeah, maybe he should be playing better, but everyone else asides from Felton and occasionally Shumpert has disappeared and left him high and dry. People talk assist numbers, well you can't get assists when guys miss the shots.
With that being said, if they can win this next game, and do so with someone else besides just Melo or Felton scoring, they have a chance. But that's a BIG if.