Woody: Can't just blame the point guards

GREENBURGH, N.Y. –- Mike Woodson won’t point the finger at point-guard play for the Knicks’ struggles.

Raymond Felton shot 1-for-7, had three points and seven assists during Monday’s terrible 101-98 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. Pablo Prigioni also only had three points.

Raymond Felton

Raymond Felton

#2 PG
New York Knicks

2014 STATS

  • GM32
  • PPG10.5

  • RPG2.6

  • APG5.7

  • FG%.402

  • FT%.706

Both Knicks point guards did not commit any turnovers. But defensively, Felton gave up a backdoor layup to Brandon Knight and Knight’s game-winning 3-pointer came over Felton, all in the final 27 seconds. Knight finished with 25 points.

“I’m not pointing the fingers at anybody,” Woodson said. “If I’m going to point it at anybody, I’ll always point it at myself first as the coach, because I feel like I can take any team, any five guys and win with. That’s just how I feel as a coach.”

Woodson said there’s more to blame than just the Knicks’ point guards, who have come under fire from critics and fans.

“I look at myself, and then I address things internally with our ball club where I’m trying to get guys to make the commitment,” Woodson said. “You can’t just blame it on the point guards. It’s been everybody’s play, it’s been the coaching, we’re all in this together and we’ve got to figure it out together."

When asked about how Felton defended Knight’s game-winning 3-pointer, Woodson said it should have never come down to that to begin with.

“I mean I look at all the things that happened prior to that shot even coming down the pike,” Woodson said. “I mean he was up and as he started to dribble in he dribbled into his sweet spot, which was right at the 3-point line and he let it go. I mean he hit a hell of a shot. Raymond was there.

“But when I reviewed the tape, it should never have gotten to that based on how we played,” Woodson added. “Those are the things that creep in, the little things that hurt you. We missed a lot of free throws, you could point the finger at [those] as well. Again, right now we’ve got to play almost perfect basketball to win, and that’s OK, but we’ve got to get that accomplished.”