NEW YORK – The Knicks could not do anything on offense in Game 3 against the Miami Heat and Mike Woodson blames himself.
“Offensively,” we just didn’t have it,” the coach said. “We were so stagnant. I’ve got to take the heat for that. I thought with Game 2, we moved the ball from side-to-side and tonight we played one side of the ball all night long.”
That side of the ball usually was where ever Carmelo Anthony was. Anthony was aggressive in isolation but struggled with his mid-range jumper and had trouble converting while Miami flooded the paint. The Knicks star never could find his range while Amare Stoudemire missed the game after injuring his hand punching the glass encasing a fire extinguisher following Game 2. Anthony shot 7 for 23 and scored 22 points.
"They're loading up on him," Woodson said of Anthony. "They're doubling him and they're forcing him to take tough shots. Even when he passes the ball, we've got to get other guys comfortable shooting the ball. We moved the ball, their defense was solid but we still got good looks. Our defense was solid throughout the first half and pretty much throughout the whole game until the fourth quarter and then we just, we gave in."
As a team, New York shot 31.9 percent from the field and scored just 30 points in the second half. Steve Novak, who got his first playoff start, shot just two times. J.R. Smith scored 12 points, shot 5 for 18 and missed all five of his 3-point attempts.
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