Knicks Create Options out of Double P&R

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While their series against the Boston Celtics saw the Knicks fall into isolation hell, they've mostly stuck with their spread pick-and-roll identity against the Pacers in the second round. The way Indiana defends the pick-and-roll, though, has kept the Knicks from breaking out offensively. Indiana … [Read more...]

Knicks-Pacers Game 1: Was Carmelo Anthony the victim of uncalled fouls?

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It's become something of a common refrain among Knicks fans that Carmelo Anthony "never gets any calls." (Full disclosure: I am a Knicks fan, though I do not belong to this particular sect of fandom.) The story goes that the ratio of contact taken to fouls drawn for Carmelo is very high, and that he … [Read more...]

Inside the Knicks Offense

Knicks Offense

This is Part Two of a deconstruction of the Knicks' offense in their series against the Boston Celtics. In Part One at Hardwood Paroxysm, we covered just what has happened to the offense from an overarching statistical perspective. Here, we're diving into exactly how and why it has happened with the … [Read more...]

Knicks Abandon Identity In Low Scoring Game 1 Victory

The Knicks may have won their initial game against the Celtics, but it was in a very ugly manner. The offense was disjointed and the pace slow--in short, they played right into Bostons' hands. Bostons' biggest advantage is their ability to muck up the game, use the fewest amount of possessions, and, … [Read more...]

Playoff Capsule: New York Knicks

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The New York Knicks went 3-1 against the Boston Celtics this season, handling them with ease in the final two matchups and splitting two other close games. But in their first round playoff series, we can safely expect the Celtics to tighten up their defense and raise their level of play by a few … [Read more...]

Melo’s Scoring Binges Showcase Versatility

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Carmelo Anthony spent his Tuesday and Wednesday evenings pouring in 90 points on 53 shots, which is a pretty nice way to spend your evenings, if you ask me. Melo is no stranger to scoring binges; he previously scored 40+ points in consecutive games in October 2009, and he's always been a player … [Read more...]

Building A Template For How Rudy Gay Can Thrive As A Small Ball Power Forward

I wasn't a fan of the trade that brought Rudy Gay to Toronto when looking at it from Toronto's perspective. They won't be able to build through the draft (too good), they won't be able to build through free agency (log-jammed cap, it's Toronto), and the core they have now isn't good enough to really … [Read more...]

Knicks Shake Up Nuggets With Double Hand-off Play

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New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson has never exactly been known as an offensive savant; he was, after all, the purveyor of Iso Joe for years in Atlanta. He brought that offense with him to New York last season after taking over for the departed Mike D'Antoni, but this season has seen a drastic … [Read more...]

3-Point Play: Knicks, Hornets, Lakers And The Hand-off Pick-and-Roll

Welcome back to The 3-Point Play, a semi-regular recurring feature here at HoopChalk. Every so often, I’ll take a quick look at sets from three different teams that have something in common. Rather than devoting a separate post to each of them, they’ll all be grouped together here. Today, we’ve got … [Read more...]

Kobe Bryant And Carmelo Anthony Are Thriving As Passers

Lakers 2-5 P&R Pau

Kobe Bryant and Carmelo Anthony, widely considered two of the NBA's most notorious gunners, are making things happen on offense with their passing. Obviously, each is still using their fair share of offensive possessions - Bryant currently ranks 7th in the league in usage rate and Anthony is 1st … [Read more...]

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