It is not often that you can say that Doc Rivers has been outcoached by anyone; however, such is the case in the series between the New York Knicks and Boston Celtics thus far, with particular regard given to game two.
The Knicks started off the game with Raymond Felton defending Paul Pierce. Felton, who stands 6’1” and has been a pretty terrible defender all year long, has allowed many opposing guards to have their way with New York, including Stephen Curry to score a career-high 54 points in the Golden State Warriors lone appearance at Madison Square Garden this past season.
This particular matchup just screams, “Give the ball to Pierce every single time and do not think twice about it.” Felton cannot defend anyone, much less a 6’7″ potential future Hall-of-Famer. However, Rivers neglected to do so, and the Celtics suffered for it.
On the other hand, Woodson has been able to make the proper adjustments to propel his team from being entrenched in a close dogfight of a game to taking over rather handily and easily.
New York was down six points at the end of the first half of Tuesday’s game. There had been very little ball movement, as the Knicks offense consisted of a lot of fruitless isolation basketball.
Realizing that this method of attack simply would not work throughout the course of a 48-minute game against good defensive team, Woody emphasized the importance of moving the ball around and creating open shots for teammates. New York went from scoring a mere 16 points in the 2nd quarter to 32 in the third.
In addition to being unafraid and getting in the face of his players in order to really challenge them, Woody has shown that he is very capable of implementing the proper adjustments to enable his team the best chance of winning.
The Knicks are in good hands, especially when it can be said that New York’s coach has so clearly out performed Boston’s championship winning lead man Rivers.