Once again, ball movement was a key issue. In the 4th quarter, with the game still well in hand, the Knicks managed only 2 assists in the entire period, scoring just 13 points as they flamed out...again. The balanced attack from the Celtics was evident. They had five players score 8+ points. The Knicks had just four on top of three and two point performances from Pablo, Shumpert and J.R. Smith.
Ball movement is the issue for this Knicks team. With so many players who are capable of scoring, a point guard needs to be able to spread the ball around and get it to the open guy. This year, the Knicks leading assist man is Raymond Felton. He's ranked 31st in the league with 5.2 assist per game. On a team with this kind of potential, that just isn't good enough. They need a point guard. Desperately. Maybe Kyle Lowry is that guy. But until he gets here, we won't know.
The lack of a point guard is a troubling sign on a team that is playing without their all pro defensive center, Tyson Chandler. In his absence, if interior defense were an issue, you'd understand. If they weren't registering blocks or running the pick and roll, you'd understand. Instead, it's the ball movement that has been the largest issue. I blame Raymond Felton. I blame Mike Woodson. Without a trade, I don't really see a solution.