Knicks at Atlanta Hawks: Can they stop Felton-Amar’e pick-and-roll?

When the Hawks played at New York on Nov. 27, the Knicks had 88 offensive possessions. According to L.D., New York ran 60 pick-and-rolls.

I don’t have to tell my blog people the Hawks, among the worst teams in the league at defending the play, can expect more of the same tonight from New York’s Raymond Felton-Amar’e two-man game.

“When we stick with our principles and our proper techniques in defending it and we are all on the same page, we seem to do a pretty good job,” Drew said. “But the minute there is a breakdown with just one guy it is like a chain reaction.”

As you might expect for one of the league’s best offensive teams, the Knicks rate highly on the metrics you expect to be associated with pick-and-rolls.

“The key with defending their pick-and-roll is going to be our ability to get up on the ball,” L.D. said. “In all of our coverages involving the pick-and-roll, the guard has to be able to get up on the ball knowing that he’s going to get hit, he’s going to be late getting to Felton coming off [screen]. It is kind of a double-edged sword. We have got to be able to do a good job containing Felton after the screen but at the same time we have to do not a good job, but a great job, affecting Amare’s roll to the basket.

“The last time we played them I thought we did an above-average job in defending them. They surround them with shooters; if we are tardy getting back to Felton, if we are tardy getting back to Amar’e on the roll, it forces the other guys on the perimeter to collapse and have to help. That’s what gets you because they’ve got Galinari spotting up, Chandler [Note: He's out tonight with a calf injury] spotting up. Fields can make a three, Douglas can come in and make a three.”

Marvin’s back

Marvin is in the starting lineup. L.D. said he wants to quickly get him back up to speed.

“I am pretty much going to let him loose,” Drew said. “He is going to have to give me the fist when he gets winded. I know his wind is not where it was before he got hurt but he is going to have to get back in a rhythm. With his size and his ability to make shots, I just thought it would be more of a benefit for us.

The more he plays, the more he will get back into a rhythm. Hopefully like tonight with his matchup he can kind of get into a rhythm. As we move closer to the All-Star break, I am going to need him.”

Bibby’s fine

Bibby is in the lineup after getting banged on his left hand by Keyon Dooling Wednesday at Milwaukee.

“I’ve always had strong bones since I was a kid, so that’s a good thing,” he said.

“He will probably get it whacked again,” L.D. said. “That is always the case when you have those kind of injuries.”

Damien’s happy

Damien Wilkins is obviously pleased to stick with the Hawks. He got the call late last night and said he was nervous to answer the phone when his agent’s name popped up on his caller I.D.

“It takes a lot of pressure off of me,” he said. “I can sleep better now.”

He had an interesting answer when I asked him if he was happy to stick around not just because of his his affection for the Hawks, but also because he thinks this team can make a serious run:

It’s up to us how well we focus and how consistent and focused we can be. Even from watching from afar and paying attention to this team since it was in my backyard, you always felt like this team could do some things if they really just locked in and focused on the task at hand. When we do those things and we go out and we play hard and play with a focused mentality and we play confident and believe in each other and execute on both ends of the floor, then we are a tough team to beat. But when we come in and play like we think we are better than we are, that’s when complacency seeps in. And then we lose like we did ti New Orleans, a game that humbles you and a game like Milwaukee that humbles you. That shows you are not as good as you think you are and there’s a lot of work ahead. You can’t take any teams lightly or for granted.

Michael Cunningham, Hawks beat

390 comments Add your comment

O'Brien

January 28th, 2011
7:20 pm

Lets go hawks

ATL FAN

January 28th, 2011
7:24 pm

It’s game time!!!

lewis

January 28th, 2011
7:33 pm

get it done we got a break without wilson cnhalder

Sautee

January 28th, 2011
7:35 pm

Four blogs in a single day?

MC, are you getting tired of typing?

lewis

January 28th, 2011
7:36 pm

oh yeah, really happy with the amount of blogs coming keep it up

Blast

January 28th, 2011
7:40 pm

MC, The Blog Man. Folks can’t keep up with u.

Will the Knicks sell out Philips tonight?

J.J.M

January 28th, 2011
7:45 pm

pulled that chair

terrell

January 28th, 2011
7:46 pm

This just in:
WE NEED A PG! If we’re going to continue to play Bibby extended min at point, we might as well play JJ there. All Bibby does is hand it off to Joe, and stands at the 3 point line anyway. Not to mention, the low number of assists. I know, I know, he’s clutch or whatever, but when you score 12 points and give up 30, those big 3’s are meaningless. Id go with JJ/Jamal/Mo/Josh/Al. Bring Bibby off the bench with Marvin. If Mo comes off the bench with Bibby, the bench is weakened. Now I commend Bibby for guttin it out, but the guy just doesnt have the legs to be a starter in this league anymore. And btw, I’m about tired of Josh at the 3. He’s a huge mismatch, but if he’s going to keep shooting jumpers, the mismatch favors the opposing team.

J.J.M

January 28th, 2011
7:48 pm

pass the damn ball joe

bigdave

January 28th, 2011
7:49 pm

AND111111111111111!!!!11

El Bravo

January 28th, 2011
7:50 pm

Probably a let down game for the Knicks after their W against the Heat…

ATL FAN

January 28th, 2011
7:50 pm

smith looks like he gets fouled every time he goes to the hoop… not sure if its just acting or not

J.J.M

January 28th, 2011
7:50 pm

“we like hot sauce in Italy too”

J.J.M

January 28th, 2011
7:54 pm

damn can we get some fouls

ATL FAN

January 28th, 2011
7:56 pm

Hawks working hard early in the game

bigdave

January 28th, 2011
7:56 pm

yes sir.. boys workin..

J.J.M

January 28th, 2011
7:57 pm

damn josh gotta sit

ATL FAN

January 28th, 2011
7:57 pm

bigdave

January 28th, 2011
7:57 pm

thats a weak call w/ how physical this game is being played..

ATL FAN

January 28th, 2011
7:59 pm

dantoni looks like a douche

Sautee

January 28th, 2011
8:00 pm

Awful call on Josh.

ATL FAN

January 28th, 2011
8:02 pm

oh man, jamal!!

terrell

January 28th, 2011
8:03 pm

ATL FAN

January 28th, 2011
8:03 pm

lmao zaza left horford hanging

ATL FAN

January 28th, 2011
8:04 pm

damn crawford!!

Melvin

January 28th, 2011
8:04 pm

Jamal is on a mission against his old team…LOL

drmaryb (*_*)

January 28th, 2011
8:04 pm

Heart Check!

Will someone box- out Turiaf? He had the same open heart surgery that Etan Thomas had and he plays with more heart!

J-Quick is balling! There goes that man!

J.J.M

January 28th, 2011
8:05 pm

joe got fouled no call

Melvin

January 28th, 2011
8:05 pm

Good energy in the 1st qtr by the Hawks…

bigdave

January 28th, 2011
8:05 pm

Hawks gonna have to step out on Williams.. he can hit from deep..

Blast

January 28th, 2011
8:06 pm

Great quarter, Hawks!

Sautee

January 28th, 2011
8:06 pm

Jamal hit a couple of nice shots, but I won’t forget that awful display of “ole” defense.

drmaryb (*_*)

January 28th, 2011
8:07 pm

TCB!

Hawks taking care of biz-ness in that 1st Qrtr!

Let’s Go!

Bob

January 28th, 2011
8:08 pm

French’s Crunchy Onion Chicken!!

terrell

January 28th, 2011
8:09 pm

LD,bench Zaza. He’s consistently getting moving screen calls.

J.J.M

January 28th, 2011
8:09 pm

please box out turiaf

drmaryb (*_*)

January 28th, 2011
8:10 pm

ZaZa can fck up a wet dream! Two turns already!

ATL FAN

January 28th, 2011
8:10 pm

fs can we not get a foul??

J.J.M

January 28th, 2011
8:10 pm

DUNK THE BALL JOSH

terrell

January 28th, 2011
8:10 pm

Zaza = the BIG stiff.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 28th, 2011
8:12 pm

When I said yesterday that the Hawks are best when they run the ball through the post, I forgot to mention that Zaza in the post doesn’t qualify.

Momentum is shifting the Knicks way, sparked by Zaza’s inability to make a point blank shot in the post.

Sautee

January 28th, 2011
8:12 pm

Now THAT was some awful defense!

J.J.M

January 28th, 2011
8:12 pm

wow is josh the only shot blocker on the team? other players assume that he will contest everywhere drive while they could at least try to foul or block

ATL FAN

January 28th, 2011
8:13 pm

This is basically the Knick’s bench playing now… and they’re only down by 4. The moment we put our bench in, the other team goes on a scoring streak and on come the starters 1 minute later.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 28th, 2011
8:14 pm

Nice play call by LD, to run a post up for Al out of the timeout. Keep doing that.

J.J.M

January 28th, 2011
8:15 pm

there go josh with his dumb turnover

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drmaryb (*_*)

January 28th, 2011
8:15 pm

Time Out!

Knicks playing like GS Warrirors, running away from defense.
This pace plays to advantage Hawks!

terrell

January 28th, 2011
8:15 pm

Josh with that long pass again. Damien!!!!!

O'Brien

January 28th, 2011
8:16 pm

We complain about Marvin making $7.5 mil per (and rightfully so). But zaza makes $4.5 mil. For what?
2 buckets, 2 fouls, 2 rebounds, 1 wild shot and 1 moving screen?