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Pick and Roll Not Isolation Problem for Knicks on Offense

The Knicks flat out stunk offensively game in game three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals versus the Indiana Pacers. They scored a mere 71 points and shot 34% from the field.

While Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith did not play well for the Knicks, they were not the reason why the Knicks lost game three and looked so dreadful on offense.

The Knicks ran isolation plays only 14% of the time and were 4/10 on those shots and scored on 50% of those possessions, gathering one offensive rebound and putting the rebound in. Iso-ball was not the reason why the lost, though more production from Melo and J.R. would not hurt.

The real reason why the Knicks scored a mere 71 points was there inability and ineptitude to score as a result of the pick and roll.

The Knicks pick and roll ball handler is mostly Raymond Felton. Occasionally J.R. Smith, Jason Kidd and Pablo Prigioni would be on ball for the pick and roll but it was almost exclusively run by Felton and either Tyson Chandler and Kenyon Martin as the roll man.

The pick and roll ball handler shot only 5/19 from the field in Sunday’s game, a mere 26% and not once did a single Knick gather even one of those fourteen misses. The roll man in the screen in roll only took one shot, missing it, and the Knicks lacked any presence upfront to put any of the misses in.

Clearly Tyson Chandler is hurt and not 100% and Kenyon Martin is also sick, but there is no excuse for taking only one shot off of a screen, and there is no excuse for not gathering one rebound off of a missed screen and roll jumper. They need to be more involved on offense, setting harder better screens, in turn freeing up more space for Prigioni and Felton.

Chandler and Martin are not post up threats but they are screen and roll threats and need to be more involved on screen and roll plays.

If the Knicks want to steal a game in Indiana and even up the series 2-2 going back to New York, Felton and Chandler need to perform better in the pick and roll on offense.

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