Mike D'Antoni knows the pressure is on him to make this work. Which is hopefully why last night he listened to his veteran point guard and allowed him to control the game.
Chauncey Billups admitted in a post game interview that the heat did such a great job in aggressively trapping pick and rolls that he had to basically ditch the idea of getting deep into the defense off the pick in order to make plays. It's why he isn't the perfect D'Antoni point guard, but even the coach realized you adjust to your veterans and let them play. That adjustment earned the team a victory.
The result is what I want to continue to see more and more of. This includes posting Carmelo either on the box or face up on the wing and playing off that allowing for dives from Stoudemire. Certainly, the Knicks did have their pick and roll chances, including a clutch runner from Billups to cut the lead to 2 with just under 2 minutes to play. But for the most part in the 4th quarter it was about slow down/isolation half court execution. If the coach continues to let Billups rest by using both Toney Douglas and Anthony Carter, allowing him to be fresh down the stretch, then this will be a VERY difficult team to beat. Should the team add a Jared Jeffries and maybe one more big and learn the value of rebounding and limiting second chances, something they most definitely did following a long film session and preparation, they will have the Garden rocking come Spring time.