Monday, December 24, 2012
By Ian Begley
Mike Woodson said earlier this season that if his team stopped hitting threes, he'd change his approach on offense.
If the Knicks continue to shoot threes like they did last week, the coach may be forced to do just that.
The Knicks shot just 32 percent from beyond the arc in their last five games. They missed at least 18 attempts in each of those contests.
Of course, they won three out of five, so it's hard to argue with the results. But their recent cold streak also raises a fair question: If the Knicks continue to struggle from beyond the arc, does Woodson have to limit their 3-point attempts?
If the coach chose to do so, that would likely mean more opportunities in the post and in isolation for Carmelo Anthony.
But a decrease in 3-point attempts may happen more naturally.
When Amar'e Stoudemire returns, he will get some touches in the post. In theory, this should take away a few of the Knicks' league-leading 29.2 attempts per game.
But, so far, Woodson has given no indication that he wants his players to limit their big shot attempts. His attitude is, if you are open, take it.
One reason why the Knicks may be struggling of late is that teams can sag off of Ronnie Brewer, who has had a tough time knocking down shots in recent games.
On Dec. 2, the Knicks were shooting 41.6 percent from 3-point land and Brewer was hitting 41.7 percent of his attempts. In the 12 games since, Brewer is down to 32.1 percent from beyond the arc and the Knicks have dipped to 39.5, which is still the 3rd best percentage in the NBA.
BREWER GIVES BACK: Brewer did something on Saturday that helped take his mind off of basketball.
He spent a few hours at the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club in the Bronx to talk to 40 children about the importance of nutrition and maintaining an active lifestyle.
"I just wanted to be an inspiration to those kids, give them something to look forward to and teach them the morals of staying in shape and listening to your parents," said Brewer, who was named the Tri-State Sports and Fitness Ambassador of the Boys & Girls Club.
Brewer said being around the kids in the Bronx helped him forget about his recent struggles on the court for a few hours.
"Right now, in my situation, I'm not playing like I want to. It allows you to take you're mind off of it. It allows you to know that there is stuff bigger than basketball that you can have your affect on people," Brewer said.
Alberto Rodriguez, the athletic director of the Kips Bay Boys and Girls club, said Brewer's message sunk in with the audience.
"When it's someone that's an idol, so to speak, it's more relate-able because he's speaking from experience," Rodriguez said. "Ronnie did an incredible job."
GUERIN ON HAND: Knicks legend Richie Guerin was on hand Sunday to see his highlight on the "Garden 366" display -- which highlights one MSG moment for each day of the year. Guerin's was on Dec. 11. On that date in 1959, he posted the first 50-point game in Knicks history.