A few thoughts following the first half of the Knicks-Pistons game on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden. New York leads Detroit, 49-37.
Is it too late to re-hire Mike D’Antoni as an offensive assistant?
Despite shooting 45.7 percent, the Knicks’ offense looked extremely out of synch in the first half, turning it over 14 times -- eight of those coming in the first quarter.
They clearly need more time to learn Mike Woodson’s offensive system -- they were hesitant in the half court and their wasn’t much ball movement -- but that will be extremely difficult given the lack of practice time in this lockout-shortened season.
What’s up with Melo?
Carmelo Anthony’s struggles from the field have continued on Saturday night.
The All-Star small forward went 1-for-7 in the opening 24 minutes.
He came in 26 for his last 82 over the previous five games.
Woodson said it’s his job to help get his superstar going. Good luck with that.
No swagger, no energy
The Knicks must still think they’re in Toronto.
They’re lucky they’re facing the lowly 16-31 Pistons.
The Knicks have gone 1-for-6 from 3-point range and 16-for-24 from the free-throw stripe.
Jeremy Lin and Baron Davis have combined for eight turnovers. Lin does have 10 points.
Defensively, the Knicks are active, though, and have held Detroit to 32.4 percent shooting.
Tyson Chandler is on pace for 22 points and 28 rebounds.
A 13-0 run in the second quarter gave the Knicks a 44-31 lead.