Figuring the Bermans and Isolas of the world will claim the sky is falling by tomorrow's morning editions, a few thoughts on the Knicks after 3 games:
--Not surprisingly, every team in the league seems to have watched the tape of Boston & Indiana in last year's playoffs and realized if they defend against Tyson Chandler rolling to the hoop for a dunk, they've pretty much eliminated him from the offense. Surprisingly, neither Chandler nor Mike Woodson seems to have come up with any alternatives (a jump shot here and there does not an alternative make). That was a major part of the Knick offense last year that's missing so far.
--The next time the Knicks practice, they should give 11 guys basketballs and have Bargnani practice with a live bomb. If he has any time to think, he's gonna miss; if he doesn't, swish. I think opposing defenses are happy leaving him open on his 3s, because then he takes his time, which leads him to think, which leads him to miss. I've never seen a guy with such a disparity between his form taking mid-range shots versus threes.
--I'm happy Jason Kidd is gone, but the Knicks passing and ball movement lags noticeably behind last year's passing and movement. Melo doesn't get the ball in the same spots as he did last year; it takes the team longer to get him the ball in the shot clock, and though there were some good sequences tonight that ended in open shots (and misses), there's no question that so far the offense doesn't hum like it did last year.
--Of course, the main reason for that is that the Knicks aren't designed to function with one creator on offense. They better hope JR Smith comes back on a mission. Because while Shump and Hardaway have had nice moments/sequences, this team is starving for a second player capable of creating and hitting his own shot.
--Minnesota. Looked. Awesome. But still...you can't give up 40 points in the first quarter. Period.