Are the Knicks passing too much?
After their 100-84 win over the Sixers, Steve Novak said "it's a good problem to have," which is especially true for a team with new pieces like the Knicks while they develop chemistry early on this season. Raymond Felton also chimed in, playfully commenting about the extra ball movement, while also stressing its importance.
"It's been great," he said. "We kind of laugh and joke about things like, 'Maybe we pass a little too much,' but it's been good, though. As long as everybody is sharing the ball, we'll take turnovers by over passing. If we're over passing to each other and we turn the ball over, we would rather do that than taking bad shots."
Through their 2-0 start, the Knicks are averaging 22.5 assists per game, while shooting 47.6 percent from 3-point range.
Ball movement was something Mike Woodson started stressing in training camp, and he had to because too many times last season the ball died when Carmelo Anthony had it in his hands. Now, Melo and the other players can rely on three seasoned point guards -- Raymond Felton, Jason Kidd and Pablo Prigioni -- for facilitating better team execution in their halfcourt offense.
"At training camp, we had all the guys touching the ball and it became contagious," Jason Kidd said after the game. "This afternoon, we had a lot of players get open looks. There's multiple touches and you can't guard the pass. No matter what you do, the ball is always going to travel faster and the guys get wide-open looks."
Just like Friday night against the Heat, the Knicks benefited from their two point-guard lineup of Felton and Kidd. They both got into the lane and initiated quick ball rotation, which found the open shooter.
"They like passing the ball. That's what they've done throughout their career," Woodson said. "They also have the ability to score the ball, so it's really a double threat for our ball club. The difference is we've got guys that can make plays off the dribble and can make other shots, and that's going to be a key factor."
In the first quarter alone on Sunday afternoon, the Knicks had five 3-pointers, each one from a different player.
That's a true definition of team basketball.
"The fact that we have so many guys that can make shots, you don't know who's going to get you on any single night," Woodson said. "I think it's fantastic that we're sharing the basketball. We just have to continue to do it."
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