Crucifido’s Corner: Knicks vs. Lakers

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Crucifido’s Corner: Knicks vs. Lakers
Aside from the usual never let a team—no matter how bad or good—get a look at a possible win (especially on your home court), there was an important thing to be taken away from last night's Knicks vs. Lakers matchup: the importance of unpredictability.

Now sure, teams come in knowing the opponent's strategies, knowing the style of game the opponent prefers, but no one should ever bank on static play.

In last night's game the Lakers did a good job working with what the Knicks were dishing out defensively.  The Knicks dared the Lakers to shoot from outside, so the Lakers exploited the open shots and kept themselves in the game—despite their radically poor defense.

But the problem came when the Knicks decided to vary their defensive game, and the Lakers failed to adjust.  They sank into a pattern that the Knicks may well have premeditated and certainly desired.

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