Landry Fields has looked lost through the first three games of the Knicks-Celtics series.
Fields is averaging just two points and 1.7 rebounds in 18.7 minutes in the postseason. He was one-fifth of a Knicks starting five that scored just 44 points in a 113-96 loss to Boston on Friday night.
Fields also struggled to contain Ray Allen in Game 3 after doing well against Allen early in Game 1 and late in Game 2. Allen used screens, sprints and well-placed cuts to get open from beyond the arc against Fields. He hit 4 of 4 from beyond the arc on Friday and has hit an astounding 15 of 20 in the series. Multiple Knicks have guarded him, but Fields has drawn the main assignment.
“He’s struggling, obviously,” Mike D’Antoni said on Saturday. “He’s trying too hard and that happens with a rookie. We’re going to stick with him; he’s going to get through it.”
D’Antoni said he spoke with Fields recently, telling the rookie to keep things simple.
“Just calm down, pick your spots don’t be over-aggressive,” the coach said.
He compared Fields to a guy trying to paddle his way out of quick sand. He also agreed with the idea that Fields is over-thinking.
“He needs to trim back his game a little bit,” D’Antoni said. “We talked about that and hopefully it works out …. Hopefully he’ll come out of it Sunday.”
Fields says he’s been “trying to do too much” and has suffered from “tunnel vision” on the floor. His struggles date back further than the postseason. Fields really hasn’t been the same player since Carmelo Anthony arrived in late February.
Fields scoring average was at a high of 11.1 midway through the first half of the season, when he was considered by most to be untouchable in all trade proposals involving Anthony. He finished the season with a 9.7 points-per-game average.
He pulled down 7.9 boards per game in December. That number fell to 4.7 in March and April. Now it’s down to 1.7 in the playoffs.
Can Fields eventually adapt to life with Anthony? That’s a question the Knicks front-office will have to ask itself in the offseason.
SHAWNE WANTS TO STAY: Reserve forward Shawne Williams, who was the last player to make the Knicks roster coming out of the preseason, says that he’d like to resign with the team. Williams averaged 10 points per game on 44 percent shooting in the playoffs. He led the Knicks with 17 points in Game 3.
He shots 40% from beyond the arc in the regular season.