At times during this season, New York's offense has been unstoppable. The Knicks have the personnel to shoot at a high percentage, and when it all comes together, the offense can be a nightmare for opposing defenses.
When the Knicks have been most successful, however, the main reason has been ball movement. They need to play unselfishly to find good shots, and the same recipe applies in the playoffs.
Raymond Felton will need to penetrate and dish, Carmelo Anthony will need to kick out of double-teams and shooters will have to make the extra pass on the perimeter. When those things happen, the Knicks will find high-percentage shots.
During his 36-point performance in Game 1 against the Celtics, Melo looked like he was moving away from that formula. On multiple occasions, he chose shooting over passing, which we haven't seen much from him this year.
When it came down to the wire, however, Melo once again trusted his teammates. He found Kenyon Martin rolling to the basket after a double-team, getting his first assist on the most important possession of the game.
You can excuse Anthony for wanting to play hero in the biggest game of his Knicks career so far, but over the course of the playoffs, it has to be a team effort on offense.