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News » New York Knicks Getting Inside 2009-11-24

New York Knicks Getting Inside 2009-11-24

New York Knicks Getting Inside 2009-11-24With the Allen Iverson flirtation behind them and the reality of going forward with this hodge-podge roster very much a reality now for coach Mike D'Antoni, the realization has set in that the "Seven Seconds or Less" offense he brought with him from the Phoenix Suns might have to be shelved. D'Antoni recently admitted a need to change his strategy to better fit the players he has, and it has been notable over the last three games.

The results are obvious: The Knicks won two and took the Celtics to an overtime nail-biter they lost at the buzzer. The catalyst? Not the system, but the one thing D'Antoni has been often criticized about as a coach: defense.

But, really, the lower scores and better ball movement is a result of a more traditional halfcourt set that D'Antoni implemented during a four-day break between games after a 1-9 start. With center Eddy Curry back on the court, it only makes sense for the Knicks -- who just don't have the point guard to run the Sun-and-Gun system the way Steve Nash did and don't have the kind of athletes to keep up an up-tempo pace -- to go with the inside-out strategy.

"There will be more post-ups," D'Antoni said of the Curry addition. "And we'll be able to have a presence inside."

Curry also allows D'Antoni to move David Lee back to power forward, his natural position, though D'Antoni isn't in a rush to do that yet. Lee at the five spot causes mismatches in the pick-and-roll on offense, and D'Antoni would prefer to use Wilson Chandler and Al Harrington at the four spot.

Lee has handled the center position admirably on offense, but defensively he has been overmatched many times. And opposing teams clearly attack the 6-9 Lee with drives knowing he is not a shot-blocker, nor is he the type to go for hard fouls. D'Antoni acknowledged that Lee really doesn't belong at center, especially on defense.

"But I don't know who else to put in right now," he said. "That's where Eddy comes in, if he can fill that void."

CELTICS 107, KNICKS 105 (OT): Kevin Garnett missed 11 of his first 14 shots, but it was his last one that mattered most as he drilled a 19-footer at the buzzer to win it for the Celtics (10-4). David Lee tied it at 105 with 9.3 seconds left when he dunked to finish a pick-and-roll play with Larry Hughes. Lee had 22 points and 15 rebounds and Al Harrington had 30 points off the bench for the Knicks (3-10), whose modest winning streak ended at two.

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