Mike Woodson’s Chemistry Experiment

The game mattered when we had to gain the lead back. The rest was a necessary Woodson chemistry experiment, and that’s why I found it so relevant to make this chart.

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Knicks Rotation: 9/9/13 vs. Celtics

1Q

12:00

1Q

6:16

1Q

4:20

1Q

2:59

2Q

9:14

2Q

7:49

2Q

5:42

2Q

4:12

Prigioni

Felton

Felton

Udrih

Udrih

Prigioni

Prigioni

Prigioni

Felton

Shumpert

Shumpert

Hardaway

Hardaway

Hardaway

Felton

Felton

Anthony

Anthony

Anthony

Shumpert

Shumpert

Shumpert

Anthony

Anthony

Bargnani

Artest

Artest

Artest

Artest

Anthony

Powell

Bargnani

Chandler

Chandler

Aldrich

Aldrich

Powell

Powell

Bargnani

Chandler

2Q

0:09

3Q

12:00

3Q

7:24

3Q

3:58

4Q

9:11

4Q

8:00

4Q

5:46

4Q

5:00-Final

Prigioni

Felton

Felton

Udrih

Udrih

Udrih

Udrih

C. Smith

Felton

Prigioni

Shumpert

Hardaway

Hardaway

Hardaway

Hardaway

Hardaway

Shumpert

Anthony

Artest

Shumpert

Shumpert

Leslie

Leslie

Leslie

Anthony

Bargnani

Bargnani

Artest

Powell

Powell

Powell

Powell

Chandler

Chandler

Chandler

Aldrich

Aldrich

Aldrich

Diogu

Diogu

I took positional assignments into note. Each assignment taken into account to slot each player from PG-C, aka, 1-5. The Celtics don’t have too much versatility, so the match-ups Woody chose were purely his own un-compromised strategies, with the exception of when Tyson was a little ginger after banging knees with a guy and turning the ball over. But it wasn’t like there was a tall point guard or really quick power forward to account for. Rondo didn’t play, so nobody had to guard him. Rookie Phil Pressey played a lot of point guard, Avery Bradley was at SG, Crawford and Lee were mixed in, Marshon Brooks played SG and SF, Green at SF, Bass at PF, Olynyk played a bit, Humphries didn’t look horrible at C, and Sullinger did work at PF. There wasn’t really too much confusion about where each Celtic was going to be playing and there weren’t many mis-matches, which is important.

There were times where point guards that stayed on the floor during subs switched to shooting guard, as well as times where power forwards switched to center. Shooting guards to small forward, small forward to power forward, everyone moved around. I think 6 guys played multiple positions. This is usual, but obviously not as many times in a game as the Knicks have to do it. I honestly don’t have a problem with it. I didn’t even have a problem with Prigioni at shooting guard, because basically, they’re running two point guard sets, and if they want to play traditional, I have no problem with Prigioni spotting up for three and setting screens outside the elbow or around the arc. The only guy who played out of position all game in my opinion was when Bargnani saw 1:30 at center. It was a pretty terrible 1:30 for the Knicks. Carmelo got burned by Gerald Wallace in this shift and Felton was doing his best ‘JR Smith after the nightclub’ impression.

The most glaring thing about the game was the subs of the subs giving up that lead during the last six minutes. Props to Mike Woodson for keeping them in the game and putting the onus on them. I wouldn’t have had it any other way. It helped me look at the depth of the team.

Individual Player Evaluations:

PG: Udrih: He had an okay game. His drive and dish was kind of Marbury-esque on a few plays. He played excited. He took eight shots. He shot 25% but he provided a few nice passes and set a lot of screens. His best attribute of his game was help defense. He guarded his man when it was necessary and helped bigs when he could.

PG: C. Smith: I don’t know where they found this guy. It looked like the first time he ever touched a basketball.

PG/SG: Prigioni: Prigs looked great, saw passing lanes, played with passion, pesky as usual, had pep in his step, took smart shots. He made a beautiful around the back pass to Bargnani but Bargnani didn’t finish the leaner. If he did, it could have been pass of the game or something.

PG/SG: Felton: Drove to the bucket, may have been a little slow at times, but he had his moments and put up 11-3-5 in 22 minutes.

‘PG’/SG/SF: Shumpert: I put PG in quotes because he was basically taking the ball from Prigioni. It doesn’t matter. He deserved the ball. Shumpert shot 7-7. He looked explosive. He was pesky. He was deflecting passes. He was getting open. He did nothing dumb. He, Tim Jr., and Ron, each had GREAT games. Irony or not irony, those are my three favorite Knicks.

SG: Hardaway Jr.: My dad. Took him one game to prove his worth. That stroke was the most beautiful in the game. His speed was awesome. Fastest guy on the team. There were a few times where he got caught up on defense, but so did all of the new guys, aside from Artest, since he’s Based God.

SF: Leslie: I liked his little floater. His game is good and he gets close shots. He’s a little bit green, but he deserves one of the remaining spots. We need an athletic and composed guy like him with upside, who probably defends better than Carmelo. But that’s yet to be seen. Regardless, I like Leslie a lot.

SF/PF: Anthony: The star. The captain. The captain showed his stroke, but that wasn’t his only bright spot. He was the facilitator on one specific play that was probably designed. On this play, Tyson screened Felton’s man at the top of the arc while Carmelo was 23 feet out on the right side with the ball and he fed it to Felton as he rumbled around Tyson’s right knee for a lay-up. There was a few instances where Carmelo and Bargnani were playing inside-outside, which I think could be a big part of the offense this year.

SF/PF: Artest: Metta Ron World Artest Peace didn’t start. Kinda looking like he’s going to be the 6th man and come in whenever Bargnani or Carmelo pulls their revolving door routine. He’s our only defensive big, pending Kenyon Martin’s participation and Tyson’s health. He’s versatile, and he DOES have an offensive game. He was draining threes and was an anchor defensively. One play, he took the ball up, passed to nobody, and drained a 3. He saw 6 shifts with Shumpert. It is important to note that Shumpert was on the floor for every single Artest shift. Shump and Artest saw a shift at SG and PF together for 3 min, 13 minutes of SF and PF, and 6 minutes of SG Shump and SF Ron. If you can read that, now you have an idea of how Ron and Shump played together. And you should. Because it’s beautiful.

PF/’C’: Bargnani: Played center for a few moments, so I quoted it. If he’s our center, we’re in trouble. We will be last in the league in rebounds. He did make a few nice passes. He had an okay day shooting. He shot 6-6 from the line and 3-8 from the field. His little pump-fake at the 3 and then drive to chuck up a shot got guys off their feet quite often. I can’t leave out the fact that Vito Faverani dunked on him and burned him to the rim a couple times. He mostly saw the floor stretching between Carmelo and Chandler. He also dunked once?

PF/C: Powell: The dude can athletically block shots. He doesn’t look like he can, but he can. I trust him guarding a backup center.

C: Chandler: I can’t stand this man but he set a few nice screens and made a few off-ball screens. Correct me if I’m mistaken, but I think he made an 18 foot jumper? Couple things in this game made me confused. He even grabbed a rebound with two hands and made a put-back over three people.

C: Aldrich: Shaky, but has potential. He contested the shot well.

C: Diogu: Ike Diogu literally my favorite play, and the made the best big man play of the game for the Knicks and I hope he gets credit for it. He got the ball on a post-up, shimmied right, pivoted left and went under and up for a lay-up. It was really awesome and I haven’t seen a Knick do that since David Lee. It was great and deserves a roster spot just for it. He may be slow, but he can move his feet inside.

Chemistry notes:

Prigioni played with Felton for 5 of his 6 shifts, 16 of 18 minutes.

Udrih was point guard for 6 of Hardaway‘s 8 shifts. 18 of 20 minutes, (really 18 of 25 minutes, but 5 of those were garbage time where Smith was in, so really it was 18 of 20)

Bargnani played with Anthony for 4 of his 5 shifts, 16 of his 19 minutes.

Chandler was on the floor with Anthony and Felton for 17 of his 20 minutes.

Bargnani was only on the floor when Felton was on the floor. 19 minutes.

Artest was only on the floor when Shumpert was on the floor. 22 minutes.

Shumpert was only small forward when Hardaway was on the floor as well.

Bargnani dunked and Chandler hit the jumper in the same shift that started at 7:24 in the 3rd. Ironically, the weirdest shift began a snowball effect. Shump stayed in and everyone around him changed. That’s when Tim Hardaway Jr. took over and showed us what he can do.

Awards:

Best passers: Prigioni, Carmelo, Felton

Best rebounders: Artest, Tyson

Best shooters: Shumpert, Hardaway, Artest, Chandler

Best defenders: Prigioni, Shumpert, Artest, Powell

MVP’s: Shumpert for the game, Hardaway for the biggest shot, and Prigioni defensively. Artest gets honorable mention.

Favorite shift of the game: Prigioni, Shumpert, Hardaway, Anthony, Powell. Felton, Shumpert, Artest, Bargnani and Chandler was also great. I like seeing Shump and Ron together, Bargnani stretch, and Chandler inside. Replace Felton with Prigioni and I think beautiful things can happen with those five.

Okay, I’ve written enough. Follow me on Twitter, http://www.twitter.com/EminemAndMnms.

I’m gonna do this again. I had fun with it. Celtics, you got TAPED!

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