The Knicks lost horribly in Game 6 at MSG, as we all know. There are a few keys that I observed that the team should go back to, which has produced previous victories.
- Get Melo hot early – When Carmelo Anthony shoots the ball early and often, whether make or miss, the offense becomes more free flowing. Carmelo can easily score by shooting, posting up or attacking the basket because most matchups favor him. And, when he warms up he draws double team which opens up perimeter shooting through the Knicks ball movement.
- Attack the basket. It is a beauty to see Felton and Shumpert getting layups and dunks. They seem to energize the team with timely baskets by attacking when long jumpers don’t go down. JR Smith tends to isolate dribble, behind the back, step back jumpshot, and shoot himself into a cold spell. Perhaps JR should attack the rim more to create high percentage baskets
- Attack Kevin Garnett. – The Knicks killed the Celtics when KG was in foul trouble. So revert back to that! Attack Garnett aggressively and continuously. Use his intensity against him. This will lead to either easy baskets, or easy free throws. Doc Rivers will be forced to switch KG which will open up the rim for easier baskets.
- Defensive Intensity Around the Perimeter – Boston hit way too many 3 point shots, even contested. You can’t be mad at contested 3’s but certainly at open shots. We need to use Shumpert/Prigioni/K-Mart to protect those long 3’s that killed us in Game 5. Also shutting down Boston transition offense. They are old, but Jason terry loves to shoot the transition 3. We must stop this
- Get Tyson Chandler and K-Mart more active. We all know these 2 guys are animals on defense, but when they are more involved offensively, the spirit of the team on both sides of the ball heightens to a greater intensity. Nothing will simmer the Boston crowd more than a K-Mart slam or a Chandler alley.
- Lastly, REBOUND, REBOUND, REBOUND. The Knicks must be relentless on crashing the boards and limiting the Boston offense to one shot only. Boston loves to grab a rebound and shoot a quick 3 after.