Opening Tip: Less 3s, please?

February, 28, 2013
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Every weekday throughout the season, ESPNNewYork.com will tackle a burning question about the Knicks in our "Opening Tip" segment.

Today's Burning Question: Would you like to see the Knicks take less 3-pointers and drive to the rim more frequently?


On a night when Stephen Curry practically couldn't miss a 3, the Knicks missed plenty.

New York clanked 23 of 34 attempts in their 109-105 win over Golden State, just the latest game in which the Knicks have struggled from beyond the arc.

They shot less than 33 percent in seven of their last eight games. Thirty three percent shooting from beyond the arc would rank as the second-worst rate in the league.

Anthony is 13 for his last 53. Jason Kidd has made just seven of his last 45 and Ray Felton is 6-for-26. The only two Knicks shooting it particularly well of late are J.R. Smith, who has made 17 of his last 34 threes, and Steve Novak (nine for his last 19.)

The 3-point shot is a huge part of New York's offense. They lead the league in attempts (29) and makes (10.8) per game.

They also lead the league in percentage of points from 3-pointers (32.5 percent). Opponents have taken notice.

"Teams now are trying to take the 3 away from us," Anthony said. "Especially when we're not shooting the ball that well from the outside right now."

Anthony has adjusted recently, getting to the basket with greater frequency over the past 10 days. He's had at least nine free-throw attempts in five of his last seven games.

Is it time for other Knicks to follow suit?

Mike Woodson gave almost everyone on the roster the green light to take an open 3 earlier in the season. He said back in mid-December that he'd change his stance on 3s if the Knicks started taking too many contested shots or missing open shots.

It seems like a combination of both has taken place in recent weeks.

So is it time for Woodson to pull the plug?

QUESTION: What do you think? Would you like to see the Knicks take fewer threes and be more aggressive in their drives to the rim?

Please leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Ian Begley

ESPN New York Writer

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Carmelo Anthony
PTS AST STL MIN
24.5 3.3 0.9 37.0
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsA. Stoude... 7.4
AssistsJ. Calderon 4.5
StealsP. Prigioni 1.3
BlocksS. Dalembert 1.3