We were talking about this yesterday in the office. Amar’e was the Amar’e from Game 1 Boston last year. He had great spring and was making most of his jumpers with ease.
Melo was always featured on the perimeter and on the high post, but I totally agree with Taylor here. He may be the best post player in the league right now. I’d rather him post up on the block early in the game then open it up and post mid-post and on the elbow. Posting him closer to the rim off the bat puts tremendous pressure on defenders and will lead to more double teams early. That’s when guys have to be ready to knock down shots.
Who knows, maybe he’ll get some calls.
Something to keep an eye on moving forward as it relates to match ups.
The most important thing I take away from this game, besides the fact that Amar’e looks pretty healthy, is the Knicks didn’t fall in love with the 3 point shot. They were shooting it well, but didn’t let that steer them into taking an inordinate amount of them. They had pick and roll with Amar’e as well as Melo on the low block a couple times.
I would really like the Knicks to feature Melo on the low block a lot more as this either leads to more higher percentage shots, getting to the foul line, or double teams which help facilitate ball movement out of the double team. I would like to see more of this in lieu of Melo getting it on the wing where there is no chance of ball movement.