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Baron Davis and J.R. Smith are two players who have shown they can help the Knicks win games, but much too frequently, they've also shown how detrimental their unwarranted tendencies can be.
Both Davis and Smith are shooting under 38 percent from the field, and neither is converting on more than 30 percent of their three-point attempts.
They have both struggled to find their offense and subsequently have let that carry over to the defensive end on numerous occasions. And New York must keep their negative impact to a minimum.
Smith will have a green light no matter how poorly he is shooting, but the moment he starts to go south of south, Mike Woodson has to take him out or talk him off the ledge that is his field-goal percentage.
As for Davis, he must be reminded that his primary job is facilitate. His ill-thought fall-aways and lapses in judgement in transition are shortcomings he has to mitigate.
No one player on the Knicks is perfect, and Smith and Davis can be two of the team's biggest catalysts, but they're also their own worst enemies.
For the sake of New York's postseason experience, that tendency must be locked down.