2011-2012 NBA/College Basketball Thread *Part II*
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05-06-2012, 09:18 PM
Two Pucks, One Cup
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I never stopped watching. I actually started watching more. I wanted to see if Anthony was going to magically start playing like he cared. And while watching, I don't remember many situations where Fields wasn't on the floor with one of Anthony or Smith. Anthony is a complete moron of a player. I mean, a guy who just makes astoundingly bad decisions. But Smith is on a whole different level of stupid. And whenever either of them have the ball, the offense comes to a screeching halt.
OK, so now we're throwing Smith in there as well?
You're really reaching here. Fields has actually taken more shots this year than last year. His MPG is down by three mins because his shots have been terrible. His FG % dropped from .497 to .460, his 3-point FG % dropped from .393 % (40th in the league) to a abysmal .256 % (262nd in the NBA). His Free throw shooting dropped from a respectable 77 % to a pathetic 56 %.
If you watched the games, Anthony has set up Fuields with at least 3-5 high percentage shots a game -- not Davis or Lin or Bibby with the pass. Melo has been finding Fields open along the baseline all season.
Fields has blown lay ups and shot air balls at least twice a game. At least. Please tell me how that's Melo and JR Smith's fault? Fields started all but 4 games this season and played almost 30 mins a game on a deep rotation.
If you call ball movement high maintenance, then sure. he's high maintenance. I guess every team to win an NBA championship in, let's say, the last 30 years is full of high maintenance players. Those teams all featured exceptional ball movement. LOL. Fields, the energy bench player in his second season after being drafted in the 2nd round (and a great pick, by the way), is the high maintenance player. What do you call Anthony then?
All Fields can do is dunk. At least this season. See the above stats for proof. His jump shot has been flat all season, so he resorts to driving and dunking attempts, leading to numerous turnovers or free throw attempts he doesnt make.
The ONLY thing I said about Fields as a shooter was that he needs to improve his jump shot. I said Fields is a versatile role player. His usefulness, IMO, has very little to do with scoring. Rebounding, passing and his length on defense are what you're looking for from him. But whatever scoring contributions he made before the Anthony trade had more to do with pushing the ball in transition than him being open. He was getting most of his points on the break.
He's not a role player, though. he's a starter who plays 30 mins a game. He's a 2-guard who sucks at passing. He was 44th among 2-guards in Assist to Turnover ratio. Please.
Refuses to acknowledge that? I said on this board before the season that the Knicks would probably finish 3rd or 4th in the East! The Knicks did worse this season than I thought they would. And, in fact, the Knicks could have easily finished 3rd or 4th in the East. The Knicks could have gotten to the 2nd round of the playoffs if not for Anthony throwing the first 3 months of the season away. Anthony basically spit in the face of every Knick fan this season. He totally wasted this season for the team. They still would have lost to Miami or a healthy Chicago, but they could have avoided having to play them in the first round if he had given even a modicum of effort while D'Antoni was here.
Thats why Knicks fans were chanting "MVP" during games in April??? Knicks fans are completely happy with how Melo finished the season. Over the course of a full season, the Knicks would have won 47 games.
And, yes, dregs of the East. The East is pathetic, especially with Howard injured. All those wins you listed, the Indianas, the Philadelphias, the Atlantas, the Clippers...these are not great teams. The only great team on that list is Chicago, and the Knicks won one game against them when Rose had just returned from injury and played really poorly. Besides, none of those wins happen if Anthony doesn't provide the kind of defensive effort that, to this point, in his career, he's provided in only the rarest of instances. I don't know why you expect that now, all of a sudden, he's going to keep it up. He's never kept it going for any extended period of time before. He certainly didn't keep it going in this series against the Heat.
Those teams arent great teams. The problem was the under dantoni, they were losing those games. The Knicks werent winning on the road against winning teams under dantoni. That changed after he was fired.
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