Joe Camporeale-US PRESSWIRE
Over the years, the Knicks have been one of the worst teams in basketball at defending the three.
They finished in the bottom ten in the league in three-point percentage given up over the last two years, consistently getting burned by role players and complementary scorers.
So far this year, New York has given up the third-fewest amount of threes in the league, with a new cast of perimeter defenders including the bulldog Raymond Felton and Ronnie Brewer.
Getting over screens has been one of the Knicks' problems, as their guards in the past have continuously gotten caught underneath, giving open looks off the dribble to opposing point guards.
J.R. Smith seems to have rededicated himself to showing a little more urgency and intensity. This will have to continue, especially while Iman Shumpert continues to rehab his knee.
Protecting the arc can be almost as important as protecting the rim. There's nothing more devastating than a three at the end of the shot clock.