Until Baron Davis Is Healthy, New York Knicks Can't Seriously Compete

Matt Shetler@@buccos12Correspondent IDecember 30, 2011

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The New York Knicks aren't exactly off to the start that they hoped for to begin the season after being thumped by the Los Angeles Lakers last night.

The shocking part of the Knicks' 1-2 start is that the offense has struggled mightily during their recent two-game, West Coast skid.

They shot only 31.3 percent from the field and knocked down just six of 22 shots from three-point range last night and weren't much better the night before in a loss to the Golden State Warriors.

The main problem has been the guard play, mainly point guard Toney Douglas.

Douglas, like every other Knick at the moment, is struggling from the floor, but cold shooting will eventually come around.

The main problem is the lack of flow and rhythm in the offense at the moment.

Douglas has only 11 assists compared to five turnovers, and he can't seem to get the team settled into the offense.

It's apparent that this Knicks team won't compete until Baron Davis returns from injury, and even that's a big if. That all depends on what Davis the Knicks get.

Do they get the motivated playmaking point guard that can get this team going, or do they get the lazy version that Davis sometimes becomes?

For the Knicks' sake, they need the good one and need him soon.

Head coach Mike D'Antoni's offense revolves around a playmaking point guard, and Douglas isn't that.

The pick-and-roll is also a staple.

What's happened to that? It's been almost nonexistent.

With Douglas at the helm, the Knicks have essentially become a one-on-one team that features nothing but isolation.

It's not all the fault of Douglas though.

D'Antoni has tried Carmelo Anthony as a point forward, and he can't get the team into the offense either.

Then there's Mike Bibby, who looks like he doesn't have much left in the tank.

The Knicks' version of the Big Three should be able to dominate opponents, but they need someone to set them up and get them the ball in position to have success.

Then there are guys like Landry Fields, who absolutely need a productive point guard to get them going.

The Knicks gambled and used the amnesty clause on Chauncey Billups. Through three games, it appears that gamble has backfired. They just don't have someone to fill his shoes.

Davis can't get healthy soon enough for New York, but he's still weeks away.

Until then, the Knicks offense could be very inconsistent.