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By, Aaron Kopperl – Knickswag Contributor Coaching or playing for any team in the New York area automatically comes with loads of pressure.  It seems like no matter who the coach is or what he and his team have accomplished, New York coaches are eternally on the hot seat in the eyes of the fans.  Many Knicks fans and analysts have been openly questioning Woodson’s methods whenever they hit a bump in the road.  Many have questions with Woodson’s hold on the team, his substitutions, minute assignments, and lack of adjustments, you name it.  This questioning and complaining reached its peak after the Knicks reached a season-low 4 game losing streak about a week ago.  However, Monday night’s win over Cleveland reaffirms my belief that Mike Woodson is a fantastic coach, and the greatest this team has seen in a quite a while. Coming off of a disappointing loss to the Miami Heat on Sunday, the old and wounded Knicks had to travel to Cleveland the next day to play a back-to-back in an arena they have not won in since 2006.  As expected, the Knicks let the consistently mediocre Cavaliers walk all over them in the first half.  The offense wasn’t too bad, but the defense was just plain terrible.  Granted that the defense was atrocious, the Cavs were shooting slightly above 80% from the field until mid-way through the 2nd quarter.  80% people!  Even with bad defense, that’s still a ridiculously high number.  This game was beginning to look like the worst loss of the season when the Cavs were up 52-30 with 7:39 left in the 2nd quarter. Possibly the worst event that occurred in the 1st half was when Carmelo Anthony apparently tripped on his own foot and landed hard on his knee which would force him to miss the remainder of the contest.  No Melo, no defense, and no pride.  Surely many Knicks fans and analysts alike were penciling this one down as a loss for the orange and blue.  However, the Knicks were able to cut the deficit to a reasonable 12 points.  Then once the 2nd half began the Knicks looked like a completely different team.  Clearly Coach Woodson must have given a motivational and curse-filled speech during the half, because the Knicks were now hustling, making smart decisions and playing with some pride.  This great 2nd half play proved to be just enough to overcome the dismal 1st half, as the Knicks were able to narrowly escape Cleveland with a 102-97 win. Somehow, Mike Woodson was able to lead a team down 22 on the road without their best player to a gritty win.  Surely, that is not the sign of a bad coach.  I think we Knicks fans need to cut Woodson a little bit of slack.  Let’s not forget, he is dealing with one of the most impulsive and thuggish teams in the entire league (see: Melo, K-Mart, J.R., Shump, Sheed) so it’s not his fault that his players aren’t listening.  The Carmelo Anthony led Nuggets or this season’s Knicks, weren’t called the Denver Thuggets for nothing after all.  Let’s not forget the Knicks are leading the league in technical fouls by a lot.  I’m 99.999999% sure that Woodson has told J.R. to stop hoisting contested jumpers and 3’s all the time and I am also sure that he has told Melo and company to actually care on the defensive end.  I’m not sure if any coach would be able to control this rowdy group of retirees. Overall, Mike Woodson has led the Knicks to a top-3 seed in the Eastern Conference this season, which many people did not think would be possible.  Granted, Woody’s not perfect (but his goatee is) but he’s a great coach and is so much better than that last coach, Mr. Pringles.  Granted, He can be a little stubborn with his lineups and rotations, but Coach Woodson deserves the support of every Knicks fan. The post Knicks Nation: In Woodson We Trust appeared first on Knickswag - A New York Knicks Blog - News, Rumors, and more!.
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