Let's try to look at this from a positive light, shall we? If only because to really talk about the Knicks' performance last night requires language and imagery that may be unsuitable for general consumption.
The first good thing we can take from the game is that Iman Shumpert clearly feels comfortable with his teammates. It is clear that the veterans aren't subjecting the Georgia Tech product to any mean rookie hazing. Unless of course they are trying to hurt his wrist by mandating he shoot the ball every time he touches it. I suppose we can't rule that out. The sad thing is that even though he shot 25% from the field and committed 6 turnovers, they still need him out on the court. The only other positive I can take from the game is that it is mildly amusing to read Tyson Chandler's mind every time the Knicks play awful defense. Or turn the ball over on a lazy pass. Or take an incredibly ill-advised shot. It looks like he has a split second where he is considering homicide, then takes a deep breath, sighs and keeps going. If they kept statistics for this sort of thing I think he would lead the league. Did Landry Fields suffer some sort of head injury or did the Knicks include 30 of his IQ points in the Carmelo trade? I completely understand that he has had a tough time trying to figure out his place since Melo showed up. What I can't understand is how he want from a very smart and effective player, never doing anything more than he could, to what we see today. He can hit the spot up three and he is effective cutting to the rim. Now he is jacking up off-balance mid-range jump shots. That is not his game. When he is deciding what to do when he has the ball, he only needs to follow some very simple logic. Am I open for a three? If yes, shoot, if not Do I have a layup? If yes shoot, if not Pass
In fact, this goes for Tony Douglas as well. Play within yourselves guys! The mid-range game is a lost art, I agree, but there is more to it that just shooting the ball from a spot inside the three point line and outside the lane. You probably should be able to hit the shot before you take it. Just saying.