Breaking Down What New York Knicks Must Do to Turn Season Around posted by Knicks Fan
What would you do if told the New York Knicks' 2014-15 season wasn't a lost cause?
Horrific though the Knicks' season has been thus far, it isn't over. Mathematically, anyway.
At 5-25, the Knicks are off to the worst start in franchise history, pacing themselves toward a not-so-robust 14 victories. But because the Knicks play in the sluggish Eastern Conference, hope is not yet lost.
The Knicks are eight games back of the final playoff spot. With 52 tilts left on the schedule, The Knicks are but a turnaround away from avoiding disaster.
Any about-face starts with health, Carmelo Anthony is playing through a sore knee. J.R. Smith hasn't played since Dec. 9 while nursing a heel injury; Iman Shumpert is sidelined with a dislocated shoulder.
The Knicks have trotted out 15 different starting lineups through 30 games. That's a new starting five every other contest. Their two most used combinations have started only four games apiece.
Constant change like this can be damning.
Offensive execution is a different story. The Knicks' pick-and-roll attack has been inconsistent and, at times, nonexistent, but they have enough firepower on paper to climb the offensive ladder.
Because when Carmelo Anthony is on the floor, the Knicks pump in 107.4 points per 100 possessions; when he's off, they're putting in just 98.2. That's the difference between ranking 12th and 29th in offensive efficiency.
Part of it's about upping the pace. The Knicks are running at the fifth-slowest pace in franchise history but are generatingContinue reading "Breaking Down What New York Knicks ..."