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Who's to blame for the Knicks' late-game iso-balling?

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Dumb offense cost them the game in Cleveland.

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The Knicks got downright philosophical in the wake of their 91-84 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The topic of choice: How the hell did Kristaps Porzingis not get a field goal attempt down the stretch?

Kristaps -- the rookie superstar who had zero 4th-quarter shots until a meaningless attempt at the final buzzer -- blamed his lack of touches on a passive attitude stemming from inexperience:

Derek Fisher, on the other hand, laid most of the responsibility at the feet of his teammates:

As for Arron Afflalo -- he of the 4-10 fourth-quarter shooting performance -- he delved into his theories on late-game iso-ball as some kind of natural weakness of the human condition played out on the NBA court:

If you want to look at this optimistically, I suppose you can take comfort in the fact that both players and coach agree that the Afflalo iso-ball approach wasn't a good idea -- that's a step up from the old "that nasty late-game offense was all part of the plan" pressers of the Mike Woodson Era.

The real problem here is that Kristaps's finest offensive attribute -- he scores 1.08 points per possession as a roll man -- is simply not utilized in crunch time. Fisher often puts him in good position on the perimeter, and Kristaps sets screens and usually find a good, open position, and then ... nothing. Which leads us to the most important quote of the night:

You can blame Derek Fisher for, I dunno, not calling a timeout every time a point guard misses an open Kristaps on the pick-and-roll and throwing a fit, I guess. You can blame Afflalo for not passing -- though he never passes, so it would be odd to suddenly expect him to change in the final minutes. You can even blame Kristaps for not being a better post player, for not being able to set up directly in front of the guard with his back to the basket, thereby presenting the most obvious possible target.

But these guards, man. Maybe the Triangle isn't the best offensive system for the modern game; still, the openings are there. It's just easier to dump the ball off to the Carmelo Anthony's and Arron Afflalo's of the world -- pass the responsibility off to the iso-ballers. The Knicks could fire their coach and install a new offense tomorrow, and it wouldn't make a damn bit of difference until they find a decent floor general.