In the aftermath of the New York Knicks' series-ending loss to the Indiana Pacers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, head coach Mike Woodson faced many questions about his approach in the postseason.
In his postgame press conference, he didn't point any fingers at anyone but himself:
"At the end of the day, we didn't get it done. And, me being the head coach, I take full responsibility of that."
Woodson's squad allowed Indiana to pound the ball in the paint and consistently get to the free-throw line. In Game 6, New York committed 34 fouls and gave the Pacers 46 foul tosses.
While Knicks fans were tempted to blame officials for the loss, Woodson would do no such thing:
"I'm not blaming the officials.We had our chances and just didn't get it done." - Mike Woodson— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 19, 2013
Woodson's approach to this series wasn't approved by everyone, as many questioned his personnel decisions and offensive strategy.
Did he play Chris Copeland enough? Did he play Amar'e Stoudemire enough? Why did he let J.R. Smith ruin the series? Why couldn't he adjust quickly enough to get New York out of its stagnant offense?
All of these questions will be thrown at Woodson in the coming days, as there are some who think he should be on thin ice:
Mike Woodson is a good coach; he also grossly mismanaged this series. The Knicks have to think about this during the offseason.— Noam Schiller (@noamschiller) May 19, 2013
But when you really look at it, was it his fault the Knicks are going home early?
New York was a veteran-laden group, and the only post player who could supply offense was the oft-injured Amar'e Stoudemire.
It was a perimeter-based roster that struggled to win whenever the outside shooting suffered. And the Pacers were a matchup nightmare from a personnel standpoint.
You could argue Woodson should have tweaked the offense better mid-series, but there was only so much he could do with the group of aging shooters he had on the team.
Do you think Woodson failed the Knicks, or was he just doing the best with the roster he had? Make your voice heard in the comments section below.
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