I had a great idea for a post -- The Pablo Steal. How many time after a Pablo steal does New York score on a fast break lay-up? His steals are worth so much. I was going to look up stats, and hit everyone with heavy numbers, but I’m too sad. Instead let’s walk through the last 45 seconds of last night’s debacle. Beal had just hit a deep three with a hand in his face, kudos to him.
There are 45.1 seconds left. YOU MUST GET A 2 FOR 1. In a tie game make sure you have more possessions than the other guy. So instead the Knicks run the clock down and get bailed out on a foul call with 24.5 second left. Beno hits 1 out of 2, and Washington calls a time out. (Well done Washington using this mystical timeout) With a foul to give (the Knicks are not givers) Beno forces Beal to his left along the baseline, except no one is there and IT’S A LAYUP. Ok, then… 6.9 seconds left, Beno inbounds the ball to Melo (NO TIMEOUT) Melo proceeds to WALK THE BALL UP THE FLOOR, before realizing the game is about to be over, he starts to run and jacks up an off balance 3.
The question of today is which one of these colossally boneheaded plays is the worst? And who should shoulder the most blame? That’s like picking your favorite way to get punched in the face. THEY ARE ALL BAD.
My question is not whether Woodson should be fired. (He should) But how the hell did he win 54 games last year? Maybe Jason Kidd does actually have coaching experience.
On another note: Watching Isiah Thomas critique the Knicks on NBATV is a special kind of torture. And I wonder if Dolan is going to raise ticket prices again?