Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports
STOP SWITCHING! (Or at least do it better!)
I focused on pretty much this exact issue last time I did one of these videos, but here we are again: The Knicks' constant switching killed them Monday night against the Celtics. In what must have been a conscious game plan, guys switched on even the gentlest of picks. That frequently left Carmelo Anthony guarding Kevin Garnett (that didn't go so well) and Tyson Chandler on Paul Pierce, which encouraged guys like Jason Kidd and J.R. Smith to bring double teams. The Knicks, as is often the case, didn't do a very good job of communicating and rotating to cover for those doubles, and Boston got a whole bunch of open looks.
Right? It's gotta be intentional. Those aren't even real picks. And it just befuddles me that the Knicks wouldn't make an effort to avoiding sticking someone like Chandler on someone like Pierce, especially if they've decided that match-up requires a double. Pretty frustrating, but the last time I flipped out and made a video, New York's defense improved a bit in subsequent games, so maybe this is good luck.