Despite Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith, for the most part, struggling mightily in this postseason, the Knicks are still in a good position to advance to the Eastern Conference finals. Raymond Felton has been as good as Smith and Anthony have been bad, and Pablo Prigioni has excited the crowd with hot shooting performances.
Tyson Chandler and Kenyon Martin have been quiet statistically, but have made some of the most memorable plays of the postseason for the Knicks. The same goes for Smith, whose athleticism can occasionally outshine his poor shooting performances.
Several of the plays that made the top five are statements, whether the message was intentional or not. In Iman Shumpert’s case, it was his intention to make a statement, but other plays on the list just came from the team's momentum and helped the Knicks spark huge runs like the 30-2 spurt they hit the Pacers with in Game 2.
While the team could squeak by with Martin and Chandler playing minimal minutes against Boston, the team needs all of the height it can get against Indiana’s frontcourt. However, when New York can dictate the flow and tempo of the game, they are nearly unbeatable.
"They became the best team in the NBA playing their style of play," Frank Vogel said of the Knicks. "So you have to give credit to Coach Woodson for finding the formula that works for them. It'll be contrasting styles most of this series. (via NBA.com)"
Going forward, look for more highlight plays from a team that absolutely thrives in pick-and-roll and fast-break situations, and feeds off the energy of a crowd that is one of the most electrifying in all of sports.
Even on the road, though, the Knicks are just as dangerous because the players on the bench enjoy these plays just as much as the team's fans back in New York do.