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Never leave your feet without knowing where the ball is going to go, Baron.
As far as classic "Jekyll and Hyde" seasons go, the 2011-2012 Knicks were right up there with the best of them. They looked unstoppable some nights, and utterly pathetic during others. But if one were to single out one statistic that correlated best with their successes and mishaps is turnovers. The more turnovers the Knicks have (or any team, for that matter), the harder it is for their already lacking defense to compensate.
Against Miami, this is doubly the case. The Knicks cannot afford to give up double-digit turnovers in a game, let alone the second quarter. Minutes 12 to 24 of Game 1 was classic inexperience from a team that has a fair share of veterans, but just as many newcomers.
Of all the culprits, no one was worse than Baron Davis, the once-lauded point guard who has, as of late, been slowed tremendously by a host of injuries. Davis was guilty of committing one of the gravest sins for point guards on multiple occasions: On two separate occasions, he left his feet without knowing where he was going to send the ball. The result, both times, was an offensive foul.
Davis should know better, especially given his postseason experience. Miscues like this that result in turnovers, which are what kill the Knicks on some nights. But there is an upside: Since Woodson has taken over the reins of head coach, the Knicks have never had this many turnovers in a single game.
And in all likelihood, they never will again (at least not during this series). Let's hope that's the case, at least, for the sake of Woodson's blood pressure.