Knicks head coach David Fizdale was asked after another defeat against Friday in his home game against the Pacers, which is wrong in defending his team. He had a very clear but simple answer.
"Everything," he told NorthJersey.com's Chris Iseman.
The Knicks are second in the NBA this season at 113.5 in the defensive standings, and it's not hard to believe with the team 10-32 record. And Fizdale does not think it's a lying game by his team, but rather the system he's trying to run.
"We are currently fighting with the concepts," said Fizdale. "We really do, and the biggest one is the weak side of our defense and our understanding of how to get out of coverage, which is typical, and in my conversations with other coaches who have trained similar teams, that has always been the biggest thing Problem Ball movement, causing them to split the ball and help them understand how to defend on the weak side. "
However, this was not always the problem for the Knicks. In fact, at the beginning of the season, they played well on the defensive side of the ball. As the teams start to see what works and what does not, adjustments are made.
The Knicks could not make the same adjustments, resulting in errors.
"As the year progresses, you add the more dynamic actions and things," said Fizdale. "And as we started moving through the year, we saw more and more packages of games and different things that the teams do, cute things they do to confuse you, as this happens and new situations arise, It was like, "Oh man, I just found out. Now I have to guard these two things that Golden State has thrown at me, which I've never seen before. "
But at the time the Knicks have noticed that In the fourth quarter it's too late and another loss is coming Of course, the losses are not the end of the world for this team, which is rebuilding itself, and would have an even better position than they already love.From Saturday, they own the fourth slot in the lottery.
Speaking of fourth, this is also a problem for the Knicks.The fourth quarter was not friendly to this team that can not finish games when they are in charge.Three-quarters of solid basketball is played, but when the fourth comes, bad decisions become offensive End on the defensive side worse.
"These teams bombard you in the gym," Fizdale said, "and your defensive rating and your defensive field goal percentage All this stuff soars, just because of a stain in the game. "
But it's all right, because the Knicks are a young team and learning along the way, right?
"A round of league is usually a great help to many young players just because they can see all the crap by the end of the year they are struck," Fizdale said. "And so, when the next year rolls around, they will not be surprised."
Hopefully this will be the case with the Knicks in the next season. But right now Fizdale's group did not look pretty and there's still a lot of season left.