The New York Knicks continued to play subpar defense in their 110-106 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night. The defense has been under fire from fans and media all year long, but now the team has begun to question their coach’s defensive strategy as well.
Coach Mike Woodson seems to always have his team switch assignments on screens, constantly causing mismatches with big men like Tyson Chandler out on the perimeter defending against speedy guards.
Following Monday’s loss to the Brooklyn Nets, it’s Chandler who came out and publicly complained about this defensive strategy, which did nothing other than draw more attention to the problem.
In the game against the 76ers, the Knicks seemed completely lost out on the defensive end of the floor. The switching is a serious problem, but communication is just as important. There were many times in this one when only one Knick switched, leaving one 76er double-teamed, with another wide open.
The 76ers came in losers of their last three and seven of their last eight; the win was the only game in that stretch that they scored over 100 points. They are 14 games under .500 percent and they scored 110 points against the Knicks in Madison Square Garden. The Knicks should be embarrassed anytime they let a team score that many points on their own floor, especially when it is a team that far under .500 percent.
It’s time for Woodson to take a serious look at this defense. He either must fix their strategy or change it completely. If he doesn’t, it may be time for the Knicks to consider a change in coaches.