The Knicks continued their struggles last night, losing to the Chicago Bulls by just three in a very tight contest. Although the Knicks have been losing as of late, Landry Fields has turned it on, and is playing the type of basketball he was when he was first drafted out of Stanford in the second round.
Getting Fields going early is a big deal, because the Knicks need to find that one player who can score in the first half. Carmelo Anthony is the fourth quarter guy and Amare Stoudemire is inconsistent every game.
With reports saying Fields might have to ride the bench when Baron Davis gets back, Fields is definitely proving everyone wrong with his hard-working play, and he's doing it with determination.
When Carmelo Anthony came to the New York Knicks, Fields' Rookie of the Year status ran away as he never got the ball from his teammates. Fields is all about up-tempo play and he always hustles on both ends of the court. But he is scoring with open three balls from his enemy last year, Carmelo Anthony.
At the beginning of the season, Fields continued to struggle, possibly because he has no true point guard to get him the ball in the fast break.
Last Saturday for example, against the Rockets, Fields had two shots, failing to score on both. Ultimately, getting him involved in the offense helps the Knicks stay in games late for their prolific scorer in Carmelo Anthony.
But the 23-year-old continues to get criticized for how poorly he has played, and now he is finally turning up his game. The chemistry is flying between Anthony and Fields, and stats prove it.
"I just came into this game wanting to be a little more aggressive—not worrying if shots were going to fall. That's pretty much it," Fields said after the Nuggets game on January 29th. "Our last two losses to the Heat, I didn't do so well and I said, 'I'm kind of tired of this and I'm going to do something different.'"
Tired of it all, and tired of the critics, Fields is now putting on a show for the Knicks, but they continue to lose despite his improved performance.
Against the Bulls last night, they played pretty well, but Derrick Rose buried them in the fourth quarter.
Rose is an excellent point guard, and it's about time the Knicks got one, because everyone, from Fields to Chandler, will benefit from a legitimate point guard.