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Boston is a deeper team, more tested team, and far better coached team. Melo made the absolute right play at the end by finding Jeffries down low. But the guy has hands of stone and the athleticism of a pet rock.

Had this discussion with a billion people last night. 10 times out of 10 you make that pass, but it pissed me off so, so, so so so so much that he did it.

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Had this discussion with a billion people last night. 10 times out of 10 you make that pass, but it pissed me off so, so, so so so so much that he did it.

Where he got the ball, he had absolutely no choice. When I saw Jeffries with the ball, I had two visions - first, of him doing his best Charles Smith impersonation and the other being him drawing the foul and bricking both attempts.

I'd have rather seen D'Antoni draw up the same play as in Game 1... only this time, when Rondo quickly doubles Melo on the wing, kick it to a wide-open Douglas at the top of the key.

Or better yet, and this may be totally crazy, but try to get Melo the ball coming off a screen for a semi-open look.

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Or better yet, and this may be totally crazy, but try to get Melo the ball coming off a screen for a semi-open look.

Exactly. Why stick him in traffic at that point? Amare's out and the dude's absolutely been on fire, so the solution is to not put him in a situation where he can get an open look or put the ball on the floor? Terrible play, the Knicks deserved that win if only for Melo's performance last night to be remembered the right way. That is quite possibly the greatest postseason performance I've ever seen in a Knick uni.

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The other thing that irked the **** out of me was that they didn't repeatedly put Rondo on his a$$ on those layup attempts. I know Douglas was in foul trouble, but have Mason, Carter, anyone put him on his back and after he bricks a bunch of FT's, he'll stop taking it to the rack.

The guy is the Chris Dudley of PG's and they're giving him a free lane to the hoop. It really makes me miss the "No Layup Rule" Knicks.

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Sorry, but the Knicks did not trade away half their roster to get Carmelo Anthony to have him pass the ball to Jared Jeffries with a playoff game on the line.

What choice does he have? They handed him the ball in no mans land. Hes got two guys on him and a third spying. There is nowhre to go. If you want to blame someone blame the coach. He has to know Boston isnt going to let him just get a shot off. You have to call something so he gets the ball while moving to either draw contact or totally free someone up elsewhere for an uncontested lay up. They just handed him the ball and allowed the defense to set. And the other issue is that there is no reason for Jeffries to be on the court. I dont care if he hit that last basket or not. The guy is one of the worst offensive players in the NBA. Him out there is essentially playing 4 on 5 offensively the whole game. There had to be someone off the bench they could bring in. They would have been better off bringing Amare in as a decoy. No matter what they have to respect the fact that he is out there.

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What choice does he have? They handed him the ball in no mans land. Hes got two guys on him and a third spying. There is nowhre to go. If you want to blame someone blame the coach. He has to know Boston isnt going to let him just get a shot off. You have to call something so he gets the ball while moving to either draw contact or totally free someone up elsewhere for an uncontested lay up. They just handed him the ball and allowed the defense to set. And the other issue is that there is no reason for Jeffries to be on the court. I dont care if he hit that last basket or not. The guy is one of the worst offensive players in the NBA. Him out there is essentially playing 4 on 5 offensively the whole game. There had to be someone off the bench they could bring in. They would have been better off bringing Amare in as a decoy. No matter what they have to respect the fact that he is out there.

That's exactly what I've been doing Jason.

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Why was Jeffries out there in the 1st place? Wasn't this supposed to be an offensive set? Jared Jefferies has one skill, and that's to play defense.....and that he's good at

But having him on offense with the game on the line is all on D'Antoni.....F-that guy, he's a moron coaching the Knicks

This f-ing series is there for the taking....to have a dipsh1t coaching is unreal

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Why was Jeffries out there in the 1st place? Wasn't this supposed to be an offensive set? Jared Jefferies has one skill, and that's to play defense.....and that he's good at

But having him on offense with the game on the line is all on D'Antoni.....F-that guy, he's a moron coaching the Knicks

This f-ing series is there for the taking....to have a dipsh1t coaching is unreal

He isn't really even that good at that. He did give up the game winning basket on the other end too. He's a terrible basketball player.

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The series is not over.

All Boston did was barely hold serve in their own crib, with the help of the refs against a Knicks team that was not full strength and riddled with injuries.

And the next 3 games are not in Boston.

Edited by JetsFanInDenver

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Watching the Knicks and Melo makes me so glad the Bulls did not land Melo... he is a selfish fool who cares only about getting off a nice shot nothing else.

Only a hater like you could bash a guy the day after he almost won a game BY HIMSELF surrounded by Dleague players.

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I'm sorry. AMARE IS SOFT! I hate the Knicks but I never viewed amare as a softy, but after last night thats changed. Back spasms??? You sit out the rest of a critical playoff game 2 @ Boston because of back spasms??? I've seen players play through much worse. Toughing it out through injury in the post season is what makes greatness. I'm shocked that Amare didn't return. SOFT.

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Watching the Knicks and Melo makes me so glad the Bulls did not land Melo... he is a selfish fool who cares only about getting off a nice shot nothing else.

Why don't you tell us what you really think. Don't hold back! :)

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Watching the Knicks and Melo makes me so glad the Bulls did not land Melo... he is a selfish fool who cares only about getting off a nice shot nothing else.

Yes, being on the court for most of the game with 4 guys who likely wouldn't even crack the opponents' rotation and still managing to have a monster game is the height of selfishness. Oh, and he also happened to match Rose's highest assist total this postseason in spite of his awful supporting cast.

If you posted this after Game 1 that's one thing, but today, it's flat-out idiotic. A TS% over 60%, an AST% of 27.7%, TRB over 20%, ORtg of 147, and a TO% of 2.8% despite a near-40% USG.

It's especially laughable for someone who never misses a chance to praise Derrick Rose, who has yet to put together as impressive a playoff performance, despite having a far better team around him.

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Had this discussion with a billion people last night. 10 times out of 10 you make that pass, but it pissed me off so, so, so so so so much that he did it.

This has to be a coaching decision. They were double teaming him consistently in the last part of the 4th quarter. So it would have been talked about in the huddle.

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Watching the Knicks and Melo makes me so glad the Bulls did not land Melo... he is a selfish fool who cares only about getting off a nice shot nothing else.

lol C'mon bro. Dude was out there by himself basically. And shot efficient, dominated and almost single handily willed the Knicks to victory. One of the better post season performances I've seen in awhile. The guy that should be getting hammered is Amare. If your gonna miss a playoff game due to injury it better be something so bad it takes you out for the series. And i don't wanna hear any B.S. that no one plays through back spasms.

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I'm sorry. AMARE IS SOFT! I hate the Knicks but I never viewed amare as a softy, but after last night thats changed. Back spasms??? You sit out the rest of a critical playoff game 2 @ Boston because of back spasms??? I've seen players play through much worse. Toughing it out through injury in the post season is what makes greatness. I'm shocked that Amare didn't return. SOFT.

You are trying too hard! :)

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I'm sorry. AMARE IS SOFT! I hate the Knicks but I never viewed amare as a softy, but after last night thats changed. Back spasms??? You sit out the rest of a critical playoff game 2 @ Boston because of back spasms??? I've seen players play through much worse. Toughing it out through injury in the post season is what makes greatness. I'm shocked that Amare didn't return. SOFT.

Playing PF in the NBA isn't like fist-pumping at the club. I've been fortunate enough to never experience back spasms, but I've been told that they can be quite debilitating. The fact that they come out of nowhere, as opposed to a pain that is more constant - ie. a sprained ankle - is what makes it difficult to play through.

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I'm sorry. AMARE IS SOFT! I hate the Knicks but I never viewed amare as a softy, but after last night thats changed. Back spasms??? You sit out the rest of a critical playoff game 2 @ Boston because of back spasms??? I've seen players play through much worse. Toughing it out through injury in the post season is what makes greatness. I'm shocked that Amare didn't return. SOFT.

Spoken like a dude who's never had back spasms.

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You are trying too hard! :)

Not trying at all man. I'd be pissed if we were playing Boston and Lebron or Wade left with anything less than a broken something. Regular I would understand, but this is the playoffs. Legends are born from playing through injuries in critical games.

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Playing PF in the NBA isn't like fist-pumping at the club. I've been fortunate enough to never experience back spasms, but I've been told that they can be quite debilitating. The fact that they come out of nowhere, as opposed to a pain that is more constant - ie. a sprained ankle - is what makes it difficult to play through.

I've had them. It's like someone intermittently jabs a cattle prod into your lower spine and you seize up. Brutal.

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Not trying at all man. I'd be pissed if we were playing Boston and Lebron or Wade left with anything less than a broken something. Regular I would understand, but this is the playoffs. Legends are born from playing through injuries in critical games.

As has been pointed out those back spasms could be brutal.

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Playing PF in the NBA isn't like fist-pumping at the club. I've been fortunate enough to never experience back spasms, but I've been told that they can be quite debilitating. The fact that they come out of nowhere, as opposed to a pain that is more constant - ie. a sprained ankle - is what makes it difficult to play through.

Yes I am Italian, Tan and Jacked, but not a fist pumper.lol. I guess it just depends on the players threshold for pain.. I've seen players hurt get back out there and play. I though there was no way he was going to not return last night....i'm a little stunned.

P.S. I've seen my fellow guido patrons fist pump through tennis elbow, back spasms and migranes.

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Yes I am Italian, Tan and Jacked, but not a fist pumper.lol. I guess it just depends on the players threshold of pain.. I've seen players hurt get back out there and play. I though there was no way he was going to not return last night....i'm a little stunned.

Oh god, a f*cking guido......

But yeah, I had back spasms last year...sucks BADLY, especially driving in the car for hours on bumpy roads, so I couldn't lay down.

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