For the second-consecutive night, the New York Knicks moved the ball with ease en route to a second-consecutive rout. After disposing the rival Brooklyn Nets by 30 points on Thursday, the Knicks came back and romped the Orlando Magic by 38 points. The Knicks moved the ball flawlessly as they cruised in this game.
The Knicks have not had a lot of continuity this year on offense. Most of the Knicks’ problems stem from poor defense, but their offense has done little to help the poor defensive play. Carmelo Anthony has received a lot of criticism for taking too many shots and holding onto the ball. But tonight Anthony did a great job of moving the ball. Once again he got going early and the Magic decided to double-team Anthony when he would post-up. Anthony did a great job of moving the ball to the perimeter and the Knicks made excellent work of making an extra pass to find an open man. Anthony was also very efficient and did not take many bad shots. He did not attempt a three-pointer and shot 6-of-10 from the field and ended with 20 points, 11 rebounds and four assists.
The three-point ball was the Knicks bread and butter last season and has returned over these last two games. Once the ball starts to move, the Knicks can hit the open treys. They might have better shooting than they did last year. J.R. Smith is starting to find his deep shot and the rest of the Knicks are starting to follow him. Tim Hardaway Jr. had an excellent game from deep shooting 5-of-7 from beyond the arc. The Knicks have to continue to knock down the three-point ball, especially if teams continue to double Anthony.
The Knicks need to continue to move the ball like they did tonight if they want to build on this two-game winning streak. It all starts with Anthony’s ball movement.