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Interesting stats from the Nets game

There was disagreement in the comments about the number of ISOs vs. PG-initiated plays, and other details, so I went back to the video. Results:

Isolation Plays:
Melo 9
Fields 4
Amare 3
Davis 1
Jeffries 1

TOTAL: 18 Knicks ISO plays by non-PGs, with Melo leading with 9.

Total number of Knicks sets: 75

Fraction of sets that were ISOs by non-PGs: 24%

Fraction of sets initiated by a PG (Lin or Davis), including quick passes to 3rd player: Q1: 11, Q2: 8, Q3: 12, Q4: 13. Total: 34, which = 45% of all Knicks sets.

And that last number is a problem. In their recent streak, the Knicks were having Lin initiate 75%-80% of their sets. Last night it was less than 50% for Lin and Davis combined.

This team already proved that they can't win with the old ways. So why go back to that? Now you have TWO point guards.... use them. Sure, if the right iso presents itself you take it. Or if there's a great pass to be made you make it. But all things being equal, LET THE POINT GUARDS INITIATE THE OFFENSE. That's their job... because they're better at it than anyone else.

The other thing that jumped out was HOW BAD the refs were. This was not just incompetence... some of those calls, and missed calls, were IMPOSSIBLE to screw up. I mean Lin was MUGGED in the lane several times, a guy CRASHED into a stationary Stat (doing everything right to draw a charge!)... and no calls. On the other end, if a Knick looked sideways at a Net, it was whistled. The game was pretty much 5 vs. 8.

Still... D'Antoni needs to get his act together, and all the players working off the same script. On offense, that means barring special cases/opportunities/sets, let the PGs initiate the offense.

On defense, it means getting Shump back ASAP, and getting Chandler to stop jumping on head fakes, and in general just stay in the game. The defense pretty much falls apart when both those guys aren't there. Especially Chandler.


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