During the season, the Knicks launched almost 29 3-point shots per game. During the first eight games of the playoffs, they hoisted 24 per game. On Saturday, though, they barely shot any. In scoring a miserable 71 points in their Game 3 loss to the Pacers, perhaps the most eye-opening offensive trend was that the Knicks’ 3-point game vanished. They attempted just 11 3s (hitting three), by far their lowest total of the season. In their 90 previous games this year, regular season and playoffs, the fewest 3-pointers the Knicks had attempted was 19. Thus, going into a pivotal Game 4, coach Mike Woodson wants to see more shots from deep. “At least get them up. We haven’t even been shooting [them],” he said yesterday. “A lot of it is the pace we’ve been playing. We’re playing too slow. We got to pick our pace up and not walk it up as much. We’re doing that and we’re not getting draw and kicks. We’re playing on one side of the floor.” Not everybody may love the Knicks’ trey-happy style, but the fact is, they’re an excellent-shooting team from deep, and it’s a staple of their offense. So it makes no sense to abandon it in the Eastern Conference semifinals. This year the Knicks set NBA records for most 3s taken (2,371) and made (891), and they ranked fifth in the league by hitting 38 percent. In the first eight games of the playoffs, while their averages per game were slightly down — from 10.9 made and 28.9 attempted during the season to 8.1 and 24.1 in the postseason — they still launched and made a ton, hitting 34 percent.
Knicks must trey, trey again
New York Post | May 13