The driving force that has led the New York Knicks to second place in the NBA’s Eastern Conference is their offense. They’ve been one of the most productive offenses in the league for most of the season.
On the season, the Knicks have averaged 100.1 points per game and shot the ball at 44.3 percent from the field and 37.7 percent from long-range. New York has also been able to limit their turnovers this season, averaging just 11.8 per game. That’s been one of the main reasons that they’ve been able to go 32-20 this season.
However, the Knicks have dropped their last four contests, including two to the under .500 Toronto Raptors. Their offense has also been the cause of this skid. However, it’s because they have been atrocious offensively over those four losses.
New York has averaged just 91.3 points per game during this stretch and has shot the ball with alarmingly low efficiency. Their field-goal percentage is just 39.8 percent over that time and their three-point percentage has been even worse at 29.8 percent. The Knicks have also turned the ball over an average of 15 times per game in their last four contests.
The Knicks have looked less like a team on the verge of contending in the East and more like a team that’s on the verge of settling into the four- or five-seed in the conference. At least that’s what’s going to happen if they don’t fix their recent problems on offense.
Head coach Mike Woodson has to find something to do that will re-energize New York offensively. Whether it’s tweaking the starting lineup, switching up rotations or changing-up the offensive-scheme a little bit, something definitely has to be done. If nothing changes soon, the Knicks are going to be a middle-seed in and probably an early exit from the playoffs.