Landry Fields’ Struggles Due to Injury
Landry Fields started 143 games for the Knicks and averaged 30 minutes per contest over his first two seasons, but in Toronto, head coach Dwane Casey was justified in holding him to just 21.4 minutes per game. With the lowest utilization rate of his NBA career, Fields was turning the ball over a career high 16.5 percent of the time and the career 47.4 percent shooter couldn’t find the bottom of the net to save his life. Fields wasn’t just missing open jump shots; he was completely blowing uncontested layups on his way to a 20.8 percent shooting average.
The shooter who couldn’t shoot and turned the ball over at a high rate was becoming a major disappointment, but Fields finally came clean after the game in Dallas about what was going wrong.
“Actually in training camp is when I first noticed it,” Fields explained. “Every time I went up to shoot my hand would kind of clinch on the left side. It just happened involuntarily. From that time until a week ago, I have just been trying to play through it and work around it, but I was realizing that we would get in to game situations or practice when I had time to really focus on it, it does it on its’ own. Finally after the game in Dallas, I went to the trainers and said something is really wrong with my hand. We have to figure it out. They did some tests on their own and determined there was some weakness there. After that we went to the doctor and then the New York doctor and got a second opinion.”