Article written by: Lamar Hull
As the NBA playoffs continue, in the 2nd round the New York Knicks are facing the Indiana Pacers and are currently down 2-1. Game 1, was definitely a wakeup call. The Knicks have to step it up in the next game in order for them to win. If the head coach Mike Woodson makes some adjustments, he could see his team advance for the first time in more than a decade to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Since the start of the playoffs, J.R. Smith has been giving a poor performance especially through his poor shooting. On cable.tv, you can check out Carmelo’s recent post conference game talking about the Knicks having to score more. Do you think he is referencing to any particular players? J.R. is a great player, for the well-being of the team, Mike Woodson should let Smith take some time off before getting back on the floor and instead replace him with Iman Shumpert and Pablo Prigioni. Both of them can cover Smith’s regular minutes for they both have very good defense and shooting skills than Smith.
The Knicks could also bring in their traditional line-up of Marcus Camby, Amar’e Stoudemire and Kenyon Martin. They really don’t have to be a part of the starting line-up but by letting them be on the court together could help the team outdo the Pacers. Camby for instance could be a great asset for the team for he is a great shot blocker and rebounder which will work positively for the team. By having a great defense, the Indiana Pacers will not be able to score as much.
Since the Knicks need as much help as they can to defeat the Pacers, bringing in Amar’e Stoudemire would help the team in offering good defense. Though there is no guarantee on what to expect from him now that he is returning after an injury, he is the perfect player to take on Pacers’ Roy Hibbert and David West thanks to his height. But since he will be playing for only 10-15 minutes, Woodson ought to utilize him when the time is right. Stoudemire did have a solid game in his first game back from his injury.
It seems like it has been a long time since Jason Kidd made a shot. Though he can’t be expected to put up major numbers, shots could be created for him in order to spread the floor which is a very important tactic against the Pacers. Kidd also is smart in deciding whom to give the ball to and when hence he could be paired with Carmelo Anthony who is great in making shots.
In my opinion, Knicks also ought to make use of the skills presented by Raymond Felton. With J.R. Smith struggling to get back on their game, Felton should be assisting them in creating shots. However, if he is made to create shots for his teammates and they fail him, Mike Woodson should take advantage of on his hot hand and let him make the shots. Mike Woodson did say that Felton was playing better than any other player on the New York Knick’s team. By the coach making some few adjustments, the New York Knicks will definitely win the series over the Pacers.
Bio: Lamar Hull is a former NCAA basketball player for Davidson College who currently resides in North Carolina and spends most of his time writing sport’s articles. Lamar had the opportunity to play professional in Europe and loves teaching young kids how to play basketball.