Although the New York Knicks came into their game versus the Raptors on a three-game winning streak, coach Mike Woodson wanted the team's stars to play harder. Woodson's offense was running smoother than the D'Antoni system and that was evident in the Knicks' ability to blow-out thier competition.
The coach said before the Knicks' game against the Raptors that he would like his players, especially Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire, to play with more energy. And after their impressive win, it seems as though the stars answered the call. The Knicks finished off with a 106-87 victory over the Raptors, a defensive performance that has not been seen so far this season.
“I’ll say to you and I’ll say to Melo, he’s got to bring the energy now,” Woodson said before the Knicks beat the Raptors. "But, he’s got to play harder, and Amar’e [Stoudemire] has got to play harder.
The Knicks clearly listened to their coach and their play on the court has greatly improved. The team is playing much better with Woodson and it looks like they will be climbing the Eastern Conference standings.