The New York Knicks were looking great in the 2nd and 3rd quarter. The energy was up and the ball was moving flawlessly. Then the 5 minute mark came in the 4th quarter and the ball began to stick. Iso-Melo as they like to call it (where the Knicks give Carmelo Anthony the ball in the post then stand around) came around and the Knicks blew their lead and eventually lost against the Boston Celtics.
This was an important game for the Knicks to win. Anthony, Andrea Bargnani, and Amar’e Stoudemire tried their best to will this team to a win but no one else stepped up. Then once the game got closer and the clock began to win the Knicks execution on offense just disappeared. They were waiting until there was 10-14 seconds left on the shot clock to begin running their sets. The ball stuck in Anthony’s hand and no one was moving.
This is a real problem for the Knicks. Most of the blame has to fall on the shoulders of head coach Mike Woodson. He is the one drawing up and calling the iso sets. The ball has to move in order for this team to win. When it does they look like a real team and then it just stops out of nowhere. For the first time in god knows how long Anthony and Stoudemire were on the same page and were even running the pick and roll together. But then Woodson just kept calling iso plays for Anthony and he was exhausted from playing so many minutes.
The late game execution and play calling by Woodson was awful. That is where this Knicks game was ultimately lost and that can’t happen moving forward.