Starting 1-3 is not the ideal start to the NBA season, especially not for a New York Knicks team that entered the season with high expectations and a lot of pressure on them. Things are slowly starting to unravel for a team that was successful and made the second round of the playoffs last season. Yes, it’s still very early to write off the team, but they have looked terrible.
In tonight’s game against the lowly Charlotte Bobcats, a team with one of the worst offenses in the league, took the Knicks to school in the first half, and the Knicks couldn’t find a way to get out of the mess they put themselves in as the Bobcats held off the Knicks’ late run to take the game, 102-97, on Tuesday night. The defense was non-existent, especially after their center Tyson Chandler went down with a right knee injury; Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks’ superstar, scored 32 points but shot an unacceptable 35 percent from the field.
For the third straight game Knicks coach Mike Woodson decided to start a “big lineup” that consists of Chandler at center, Andrea Bargnani at power forward and Carmelo Anthony at small forward, but that has clearly not worked — it’s time for Woodson to change his game plan, especially with Chandler out with the knee injury. The former defensive player of the year left in the first quarter which pushed Kenyon Martin and Amar’e Stoudemire to play longer Woodson wanted to.
The Knicks are still struggling to defend the perimeter and now they forgot how to shoot — the Knicks shot 42 percent from the field, 28 percent from beyond the arc. So what’s next for the Knicks? Will they continue this losing streak, or will they snap their three-game skid on Friday in Charlotte?
One thing is for sure: Woodson needs to stop with the “big lineup” and put Carmelo Anthony back in the power forward position, a position he was successful in last season.