I find it hard to respond to Tman's comments because I almost always agree with them. I agree the bus is warming up. It had stalled a bit when the Knicks were winning, but Dolan's hand is probably hovering above D'Antoni's eject button and D'Antoni is not "going out like that." However, even if the bus just moves back and forth a few feet to make sure the victim under it is crushed, D'Antoni will not sacrifice Felton or Gallo. His m-o is not to sacrifice his chosen ones which is understandable when they have proven they can perform with consistency. Felton is his man and can do the job. D'Antoni needs to get him to be a little more of a distributor late especially when you have hot shooters. Gallo should have had more shots.
On Gallo: this was one of his finest games. You must be fair. Overall, his game was pretty darn good. You can't expect anyone to play the entire game the way Gallo played the first half. It si nearly impossible to play at SSOL pace for 30 minutes and play great defense against one of the most prolific scorers in the game. It's the defending part that is more gruelign mentally and physically. So on one hand, you can understand why Gallo disappeared on the offensive end (especially on the tail end of a back-to-back), but do not that he was also less aggressive on the offensive end. It's not just passing him the ball that gets his game going, its his decision to drive that gives his game that uumph.
@Lives Excellent observations Lives
We are finally sparing that rod and spoiling our rooster. He'll get more if he drives the rock more when he gets the ball some more.
Very well thought out post. The take on Gallo and Felton is particularly interesting to me because one hand feeds the other. Gallo didn't take more than one shot in the 4th because of Felton's desire to hoist his own shots. If the point guard isn't going out of his way to get other's involved then who else is going to do it? Felton has been particularly shaky during this current losing streak and I think you can put at least a couple of the losses directly on him. He would probably agree since he accepts his role as a team leader who is supposed to carry the burden and share the credit. That being said, something has to change. Ray you should try being a little more Rondo and a little less Iverson.
Also the Knicks really need to run some plays for Fields. It's worked in the past when he was being featured along with the 2nd unit. Work some two man game with Gallo and STAT. (I know asking for a post up game is too much as long as Coach D is roaming the sidelines) The pick n roll works but when it's being shut down, let's get a little more creative. Getting other folks involved is the key to being versatile and ready for any situation the defense may throw at you. Basketball is a game of rhythm and when the me first point guard rears his ugly head he better be hitting his shots.
Me Speculating on the next CBA
I’ve been questioning the hulabuloo of the next CBA especially the grandstanding about a franchise tag. I don’t believe it’s a given that happens either. I believe big market and successful ownership is not for the tag, while mismanaged and unattractive small markets want it. I believe thier is schism amongst ownership. Also the fact that Stern or the crafters of the next CBA will ask for revenue sharing from the Major Market teams with lucrative tv broadcast empires will be asking a tad to much to ask for a franchise tag that prevents major stars to elect to join major markets. Major markets that with stars generate even more revenue for the league (mind you they do it when they are mediocre or underwhelming). So why would Major markets want to share when the means to share while still racking in more would be compromised by a franchise tag.
Penthouse worthy as usual T'Man
I suspect some are thinkingthat once Melo comes to the Knicks (as many suspect to be an eventuality) then mgt. will turn towards focusing to address other areas of need.
I just hope that happens before STAT suffer any major injury or wear from the Criminal Mind D'ANtoni subjecting the franchise to a slow water torture of over abundance of minutes w/o any inside help or rest in sight.
let's go Knicks! Let's go T'Man!