Friday, March 15, 2013
Opening Tip: What would you do?
By Ian Begley
Every weekday throughout the season, ESPNNewYork.com will tackle a burning question about the Knicks in our "Opening Tip" segment.
Today's Burning Question: What's the most pressing issue surrounding this team right now and, if you're Mike Woodson, what do you do to turn things around?
It's easy to sit on the couch and yell at your TV as you watch the Knicks struggle on the west coast. It's easy to criticize everyone from Mike Woodson to Pablo Prigioni as the Knicks flounder on their season-long five-game road trip.
But what if the clipboard was in your hands?
Chris Copeland struggled to defend in Thursday's loss to Portland.
What if you were in charge of the rotations, the timeouts, the defensive and offensive schemes? What would you do?
CUT BACK ON THE THREES? During their 18-5 start, the Knicks relied heavily on the 3-point shot. They've continued to rely on that shot, but, as Jason Kidd pointed out on Thursday, they just aren't making them like they used to. And they haven't been for some time.
On Thursday, the Knicks got off to a sizzling start in the first quarter and they shot just five three-pointers. They started to let it fly later in the game (finished 7-for-25) and ended up losing by 15. Is it time to cut back on the threes?
DEMAND MORE BALL MOVEMENT? Another key to the Knicks' fast start was their exceptional ball movement. They'd gotten away from that over the last two months. But on Thursday, their offense was pick-and-roll heavy and featured several forays in the paint. And it worked well. The Knicks went up 13 in the second quarter. The obvious factor here is that Carmelo Anthony wasn't on the floor.
But the Knicks can still have ball movement with Anthony on the floor. They did it in the first 20-plus games of the season. So it would behoove Woodson to find a balance between ball movement and isolation sets.
PLAY CHRIS COPELAND MORE? This has become a hot topic among fans. Copeland got off to a great start on Thursday against Portland, with six quick points in the first quarter. But he sat for most of the rest of the first half.
The problem? Copeland struggles to get stops. So would you like to see Copeland play more minutes even though he struggles to defend?
Question: What would you do to turn things around for the struggling Knicks?
Please leave your thoughts in the comments section below.