Fields takes 'step in the right direction'

On Sunday, Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni suggested that rookie Landry Fields had been suffering from a crisis of confidence since the Carmelo Anthony trade.

Fields took a step toward regaining some of that confidence Tuesday in the Knicks' win over Toronto.

The rookie from Stanford finished with ten points, three rebounds and three assists against the Raptors, reaching double figures in scoring for the first time in 10 days.

“Tonight I wanted to come in, not really worry about anything, get back to actually just having fun out there and making plays,” said Fields, who agreed with D’Antoni’s assessment that he lacked confidence.

Fields had a drive and dunk on DeMar Derozan in the first half and had two other strong finishes off of pick and rolls on Tuesday.

He’d scored just seven points in the last three games on a combined 3-of-11 shooting prior to that, including back-to-back two-point outings.

Before Sunday’s game against the Cavs, D’Antoni hinted that Fields’ poor play was due in part to a lack of confidence.

“He makes a mistake, then psychologically he's like, 'Well, I'm not playing real well.' You worry about it, you lose your confidence, then it all ties in together. But we’ll keep pushing and trying to get him back to where he's comfortable with what we’re doing," D'Antoni said.

Prior to the Anthony trade, Fields was widely considered to be one of the top three rookies in the league. The Knicks declined to include Fields in any trade offers due to the promise he showed prior to the trade deadline.

Fields said last week that he hadn’t been finding the ball in the same spots on the floor since the Anthony trade, which had affected his scoring.

On Tuesday, he said he’s growing more comfortable with where he’s getting the ball. And he hopes that comfort level will increase in the final five games of the regular season.

“There’s still a lot of room to improve, but it’s a lot better than the first day (after the trade),” Fields said of his comfort level. “I think it was a lot better than the last few games. I wouldn’t say it’s where I want it to be yet but just to take that step in the right direction is huge for me right now.”