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There's a hint of D'Antoni influence in Mike Woodson's offense. And it's not just about shooting threes. More:
Raymond Felton thrived in D'Antoni's pick-and-roll offense with Amar'e Stoudemire during the 2010-11 season and Woodson has revealed so far in preseason action that the pick-and-roll will remain a staple of his offense.
Though Felton and Stoudemire (bruised knee) have yet to play together in preseason, Felton and Tyson Chandler have already hooked up for some spectacular lob dunks off pick-and-roll plays.
Felton and Chandler have experience together as teammates with the Charlotte Bobcats in 2009-10 (that team won 44 games and made the playoffs for the first and only time in franchise history), so there is some chemistry already there between them.
“I know what he likes to do," Felton said of Chandler, who had 16 points in the win over Boston. "It was just one of those things where the chemistry was already there, so it was just to get reps with him, get into a game with him and it’s only going to get better.”
Chandler said there wasn't anything specifically designed between the two. They basically worked together off read-and-reaction.
“Eye contact," he said. "There’s not much we need to discuss . . . we’re just communicating things on the fly.”
Literally on the fly, as Chandler caught several high lobs for alley-oop dunks on the pick-and-roll.
Woodson's offense is hardly complete, however, as he said there are post-up packages he has yet to install for the half-court offense. But the way Felton pushes the ball and reads defenses, the pick-and-roll game with Chandler and Stoudemire could be a very effective weapon for this team.