New York Knicks’ Biggest Problem

February 6, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (2) shoots the ball over New York Knicks shooting guard J.R. Smith (8) and Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) in the first quarter at Verizon Center. The Wizards won 106-96. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports


The New York Knicks (31-16) are in pretty good position heading into the All-Star break–a position that not many thought they would be in. They are right behind the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference.

But after the All-Star break, things will get really colorful for them. Out of their last 32 games left in the season, 19 of them are against formidable opponents–opponents that, if the season were to end today, would make the playoffs. And to add to the difficulty, more than half will be on the road.

We know what their offense can do and what their bench can provide. What we don’t know is if their questionable defense can be fixed and hold up to help them move deep in the playoffs.

All season long, the Knicks have been having problems defending the pick-and-roll and containing guards that possess speed and the ability to take it to the rim.

Both the perimeter defenders and the big guys are struggling to stop the younger, and quicker guards. It seems that point guards going against the Knicks have big days against the defense, i.e., Rajon Rondo had a triple-double against the Knicks, Kyrie Irving had a career-high 41 points, and the list goes on. If the Knicks don’t stop this trend, they will be in trouble.

If this team wants to have a good seeding, and have any shot at the championship, the perimeter defenders need to work on slowing down the guards they go against and prevent them from getting to the paint. They also need to communicate more effectively with their big men.

Topics: Basketball, NBA, New York Knicks

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  • ricpantale

    The Knicks need to start Amare now…..The reasons why they get in a hole at the start of a game is: Anthony is the only legitimate scoring threat…They need to start scoring and then take guys off the bench..

    • http://www.empirewritesback.com/ Nicholas Pugliese

      I wouldn’t mind the Knicks giving this a shot. If it doesn’t work after a few games I wouldn’t hesitate to move Amare back to the bench, but it cannot hurt to try at this point. Maybe wait till after the All-Star break and roll a starting five of Chandler-Amare-Melo-Kidd-Felton. Shump and JR coming off the bench should provide enough scoring.