(Big C) As the Knicks make big improvements in their offense, winning is becoming easier for them. Earlier in the season the Knicks’ offense was undeveloped and there was a lack of chemistry. Now that Mike D’Antoni’s offense is clicking a big part of that is the development of the pick and roll. When thinking of the "pick and roll" writers, analysts and fans mainly focus of the chemistry between of Raymond Felton and Amar’e Stoudemire. No one can dispute the fact that these two players are looking better and more together with every game.
That being said, some of the credit of the success of the pick and roll has to go to the other big guns in the Knicks starting lineup. To be specific, I am talking about Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, and Landry Fields. Their good outside shooting has made guarding the pick and roll that much harder to defend for Knicks opponents.
What we have seen in the last few weeks (with the exception of the Heat and Cavs game) are teams that want to stay close, to double Amar’e, and end up getting beat by Chandler, Gallo, or Fields' outside shooting. In some cases all three players have made Knicks opponents pay. With all 3 players being able to knock down the 3 point shot it's becoming a tough task trying to shut down the Knicks' pick and roll game (with Amar’e and Felton).
Opposing teams are now faced with making the tough decision of should they try to focus on trying to trap or play aggressive against the pick and roll with Amar’e and Felton, or get burnt by 3 point shooting of Gallinari, Chandler, and Fields. So far teams that decided to ignore the "3 big guns" have been paying the price. If any 2 of the 3 guns are hot that night it will cause spacing on the floor for Felton and Amar’e to create.
So the next time the Knicks have a good pick and roll game going you may be wrapped up in the production of Amar’e and Felton, but take a moment to observe Chandler, Fields and Gallinari. Like Amar’e and Felton, they also make the pick and roll work.