Having won only one of their last eight games, the Melo-less Knicks resorted to a new style of offense against the Miami Heat: death by three pointers.
With the return of Dwyane Wade, the Heat were able to withstand a season-high 43 three-point attempts by the Knicks, who successfully converted 18 of them; seven of which belonged to back-up shooting guard Bill Walker.
“We shot a lot of 3’s, but we did hit a bunch of them, which kept us in there,” Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni said. “We just couldn’t sustain it all the way through. Give them credit, they’re good.” – Mike D’Antoni
The puzzling aspect of such an offensive style of play is that the Knicks invested large amount of free-agent money into Amar’e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler, and yet the two big men aren’t being used to the best of their abilities.
With Carmelo Anthony sidelined, it would make sense to run your offense through your big men. D’Antoni, however, must enjoy feeding fuel to the “Phil Jackson” fire by experimenting with an offensive style that’s a recipe for failure, especially given your big men assets.