Some quick thoughts on the New York Knicks’ loss to the Indiana Pacers, who are going to give the Miami Heat some problems but will lose the Eastern Conference finals if they shoot free throws and have as many unforced turnovers as they did against the Knicks.
First of all, Carmelo Anthony will not live this one down for a long time. He was 0-for-5 in the fourth quarter with two turnovers before making his first shot of the final period. As I discussed with Adam The Bull in the podcast below on CBS Sports Radio, that’s not the kind of thing that happens to LeBron James. (It used to, but it doesn’t anymore).
On the subject of Woodson, I don’t really have a major problem with him sitting Amare Stoudemire and Jason Kidd throughout the second half, but it leaves him open to some serious second-guessing. I thought he should have had Pablo Prigioni on the floor instead of Raymond (0-for-7) Felton down the stretch, and he overused J.R. Smith, IMHO.
Also, Woodson didn’t play the foul game during the final minute when he was out of timeouts but trailing by only four points. The Pacers had been missing free throws all night (they finished 34-for-46), and the Knicks needed the extra possessions that the fouling game would have produced.
Also, it bears mentioning that Marcus Camby did not sniff the floor in this series, not was he ever a factor all year. Glen Grunwald gave up a lot to get him, including Jared Jeffries, who I am astonished to say would have been more useful in this series than Camby or Stoudemire was.
More on the Knicks, the Pacers, and the Spurs-Grizzlies series in the broadcast with Adam the Bull below. Enjoy.