The New York Knicks are on the verge of disaster. After nearly allowing themselves to be forced into a Game 7 against the Boston Celtics in the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs, the team has now ffallen behind two games to one against the Indiana Pacers. Mike Woodson, although he has proved himself as a high quality coach, hasn’t showcased his abilities to lead the team against Indiana, but going into Game 4, he can change that.
Woodson has allowed insidious distractions to take over the locker room, which include, but are not limited to, Rihanna, shot selection and funeral attire.
J.R. Smith and Carmelo Anthony have been horrendous, and Woodson continues to let them dance around with the ball in one-on-one situations and fire up contested shots as their teammates stand and watch. It almost seems as though those two are reverting back to what’s comfortable for them, and what they’ve both done for most of their careers, which is also what got them bounced in the first round of the playoffs last year against the Miami Heat.
Tyson Chandler has been abused by Roy Hibbert in the three games that they have matched up, and the Knicks have absolutely no answer for the former Georgetown player on the low block. After Game 1, Woodson said that he needed to get Chandler playing better than the Pacers’ big man, but that has yet to be seen, and it doesn’t seem likely that it will be seen before the end of the series.
There are several problems with the Knicks that have come to light during the course of the postseason. However, no team is perfect, and despite the 2-1 deficit that New York is now faced with, the team is far from dead.
Going into Game 4, though, Woodson has some changes to make to save his Knicks.