Derrick Rose’s addition to the New York Knicks had everyone wondering how the team would play in offense, apparently we were worried about the wrong thing.
After six games this season it is clear to all what the Knicks need to improve on and it is the other aspect of the game. Defense.
In their recent loss on Sunday, the New York franchise allowed the Utah Jazz get 65 points in the second half of a 114-109 loss. They left the court with the worst defense in the NBA statistically.
The Knicks struggled particularly to defend the pick-and-roll against the Jazz, affording George Hill to create several open looks for his teammates with the play. The Jazz made 24 of 38 shots after halftime.
“We gave this game away,” Anthony said after New York fell to 2-4.
Rose, who had another strong floor game (18 points, 8 assists), believes that defense will be a barometer for the Knicks all season.
“Our defense is everything with this team, nothing else,” he said. “Offensively we’re going to be fine, we’re going to find spots. We’re going to find spots to really play our game. It’s defensively, everybody playing on a string, everybody communicating, and everybody being on the same page [that is important].”