Depends On Who’s Coming & Where They’re Coming From
“A lot of it is who’s coming, and where they’re coming from.
And then sometimes just using that escape dribble to stretch the trap out — to give him space; to get it out. Usually those are the best plays. When he gets off it, he’s done a good job of creating offense. Sometimes it’s coming quick.”
Team Has to Read Where Double Team Is Coming From
“I always like to look at the film to make sure — ’cause we also have to read:
- Are they going on the flight of the ball?
- Are the going on the catch?
- Are they going on the dribble?
- Are they coming from the baseline?
- Are they coming from the top?”
Where are they coming from? — and then… ”
Team Has to Be in the Right Spots & Build Trust
“Are we in the right spots?
- If we’re cutting away and our back is to the play and he’s getting doubled, then that puts him in a pickle.
So everyone has to get to their spots, and everyone has to trust —
- So that, ok if I’m supposed to flood the baseline, be there. So he knows he can stretch it out — escape dribble, and then reverse pivot and hit the baseline.
- And then if we’re supposed to have a cutter come through the elbow know that that’s your job — you got to get that done. And if you don’t get it — you have to get back out — we have to re-space the floor so that we can continue to play.
It’s no different than all aspects of the game — it’s not just Julius being double-teamed, it’s the spacing around him.”
On Helping Brunson with Double Teams
“Same thing when Jalen gets double teamed in a pick-and-roll everyone has to read that and we have to make sure he has 3 outlets, so he can get off the ball quick.”
In the game against Washington, Jalen Brunson scored 34 points for the 2nd consecutive game — his 4th 30-plus point game in a row. Randle added 23 points. RJ Barrett added 17 and Immanuel Quickley had 18 off the bench. Quentin Grimes and Mitchell Robinson were other Knicks helping to space the floor.