New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson offensive strategy down the stretch was the ultimate reason the Knicks fell to the Nets in Brooklyn. The Knicks had an 84-81 lead with 1:38 left in the 4th quarter, and then Mike Woodson was ok with Raymond Felton taking more shots than Carmelo Anthony. Felton took 1 more shot than Carmelo in the quarter. With under 2 minutes left, Felton took 3 shots to 1 for Carmelo. It wouldn’t have been as bad if Felton hadn’t shown throughout the game that it wasn’t his night. Felton was 3 of 19 from the field, good for just over 15 percent. That is horrendous. Carmelo on the other hand, was playing at another level. He was far and away the best player on the court, it wasn’t even close. When he had the ball, good things happened. Melo finished with 35 points on 11 of 25 shooting. That comes out to exactly 44 percent, about 3 times better than Felton. Hopefully for the Knicks sake, Woodson learned a valuable lesson tonight. The lesson, in a close game down the stretch, give the ball to Carmelo, it’s that simple. The famous saying in sports is you want to get beat by using your best pitch, best play, best player, not your 3rd best of anything. The Knicks lost with their 4th or 5th best player in Felton. If it takes using a time out to get the players on the same page, you do it. The bottom line in the NBA is you win and lose with your best player. The Knicks let their 4th best player take control, and they paid for it.
Woodson’s Coaching Decision’s Cost Knicks in Loss