Jan 4, 2012, 2:32 PM EDT
With 17.7 seconds left Monday night the Knicks were down three to the Toronto Raptors. With Amare Stoudemire out, everyone west of the Mississippi knew that the ball would be in Carmelo Anthony’s hands.
They isolated him on the right side, and he went with the quick pull-up contested three. He missed, Raptors win.
That may not exactly have been the play coach Mike D’Antoni drew up. Here is his quote from the New York Post.
“With 17 seconds to go, we wanted to get a two. If a 3 presented itself and it’s wide open, yeah, we’d take it. But we wanted to go for a quick two and then look and see what happens,” D’Antoni said. “It didn’t happen. There was confusion. So be it.”
Somewhere 2,000 miles away, George Karl just said “welcome to my world, Mike.”
The play may have been an isolation for Anthony, but D’Antoni wanted him to attack the rim and maybe get to the line, but the pull-up three is just not a high-percentage shot, not good enough for that situation.
The Bulls showed us Tuesday what a good team does on a final play and how to execute.
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