Carmelo Anthony almost sinks the Knicks

Harris Decker

Carmelo AnthonyThere is no doubting the prowess of Carmelo Anthony. He is one of the best scorers in the NBA and is clearly the best player on the Knicks.

What Anthony showed last night, though, was his fatal weakness. With his team tightening up down the stretch, he took shot after wild shot and failed to put the game away on a number of occasions.

Anthony operates under the notion that he is the only player capable of scoring in the clutch. While this might have been true early in the season, guys like Raymond Felton, Iman Shumpert and Amar’e Stoudemire have all come up big of late and Anthony needs to recognize this when he’s not shooting the ball well.

In the fourth quarter, the Knicks were outscored 17-24 and Anthony scored only 2 points on 5 shots. That 1-5 from the field was in line with his 9-24 from the field through the entire game. He shot a dismal 37 percent for the game and scored most of his points in the first half. Only 12 of his 29 points came in the second half and overtime. Whether it was fatigue or bad shot choices, Anthony played a very poor second half.

There was a single instance in which Anthony made the right decision late. During a key possession he drove and then made a pass to Raymond Felton who drained a three. While it was a great look, it was setup by another sloppy play by Anthony, who was all but out of control before dishing to Felton.

Problems almost always have solutions and I firmly believe that Stoudemire and Bargnani are the answer.

They both sat for most of the fourth quarter (Stoudemire played 2:57, Bargnani played 3:57) and only Bargnani saw minutes in overtime. Mike Woodson and Anthony need to lean on the veteran scorers in those key situations.

When the ball movement went away and Anthony went into full isolation mode, it would have been nice to stick Stoudemire in the post and make the defense refocus. In the same light, Bargnani’s ability to play the pick and role (which was effective early) would have opened things up late in the game.

It’s hard to say who’s at fault when Anthony starts to physically take the ball and play isolation ball. Is it on Woodson to call a play to another player? Is it on Felton to not pass him the ball in those situations? Either way, it has to stop.

Anthony’s sloppy, isolation play nearly cost the Knicks a win over the Suns and against a better team, it would have. Anthony is the key to this team but when he’s not hitting his shot, he needs to learn to give up the ball.




276 comments
Chris
Chris

I thought you were brighter then this Harris. No player is going to shoot well all the time. Many of Melo `s shots again were late in the clock. This is mostly attributed to Ray not getting into an offense because of his constant dribbling to nowhere. The loss is on Woodson and Felton, with a few minor mistakes from everyone else. Felton played no defense again, Woodson has no cognition of what to do as far as game management. We gave up 108 points. Those are the reasons we lost. Are you trying to be provocative? This article shows a complete lack of ability for you to analyze a basketball game

tifoso6
tifoso6

i watched the last part of the game on tape. In fact the ball was moved around twice and Bargs and Shumpert both missed open threes.   There would be no discussion if they hit the shots.

Kenneth Combs
Kenneth Combs

If melo doesn't go for 17 and 10 in first half knicks would have lost and that is the other side of the story.

nykroy
nykroy

Bargnani should be averaging 20 a game , and THJ should be getting AT LEAST 25 minutes a game....why stunt that boy potential ?

nykroy
nykroy

Melo takes too many jumpshots...JR takes too much jumpshots...Bargs doesnt get enough touches...Amare doesnt get enough P&r plays ran for him....how are we the only ones who see are flaws, but the coach doesn't realize this

nykroy
nykroy

we need Rondo, a better coach , and a committed JR smith in order to have a chance to beat Miami or IND

Nick White
Nick White

POLL OF KNICKS FANS: HOW MANY POINTS A GAME DO YOU FEEL SHUMPERT NEEDS TO AVERAGE? TWITTER ARGUEMENT SAYS 8PPG IS FINE. I FEEL HE NEEDS 13-15 PPG TO HELP THIS TEAM THRIVE

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

I think most people see what Melo brings to our team.  Melo is logging big minutes and  has been shooting the ball from the perimeter about as best as he ever has since he came back from his last injury to his ankle. 

Yet, imo, Melo has to be more efficient so that he can last longer and not have to think that he has to do it all himself.  On the other hand, we need WINS since we had dug ourselves a big hole this early in the season. 


Muhammad Gretzky
Muhammad Gretzky

My thoughts exactly. But as usual there are going to be Melo enthusiasts who are going to harp on his status in the league and with the team, minutes, points per game, but not shot selection in quality situations. Notice how when Melo distributes the ball in the four game win streak and created opportunities for others without losing that killer instinct offensively the team thrived? Now you see when Green and Tucker got into his head and he reverted back to the Melo of old? That's Melo's issue - being self absorbed when it's about team ball.

towlie22
towlie22

@Kenneth Combs I don't really care what Melo does if we lose the game. If he played smarter the Knicks would win more simple as that.What difference does it make if he goes 17 and 10 in the first half if he gives it all away in the end because of either ego or lack of basketball smarts. Why doesn't he realize this, how many times do his coaches have to tell him this. This isn't out of thin air, George Karl talked about this Charles Barkley talks about this and I'm sure that Mike Woodson has talked to Melo about this as well. He almost ruined his hard work last week during the Detroit game as well, where he was absolutely awful in the last six minutes bringing the offense to a halt with his iso's. You want the rest of the team to play hard, you got to keep them involved both sides of the floor, you want to get easier shots, pass the ball.

wingo43
wingo43

@Kenneth Combs That doesn't give him the right to screw it up with the game on the line.  

Chris
Chris

@nykroy This is the NBA, players are huge, and sans the Knicks are not going to get layups every time down court. I you watch off the ball when Melo has it, he is being guarded in a triangle formed defense, one on the ball and a help defender on either side, so he knows which ever way he drives he is facing a doub. When he is shooting well defenses will commit two men to ball defense with the 2 help men still present. Now the other option is for him to never shoot, and the question becomes who makes up those 25+ points every night. If we had others who could create this might not happen. Why do you think Felton is always open, the man on Melo is out of the defensive rotation, leaving a huge hole for Felton to drive. These guys are a little smarter then fans as is obvious from the drivel on this site

Tikki
Tikki

@Kiyan Carter 

Lebron-Durant or Lebron-Curry would definitely be up there for me as well.  Lights-out shooting, and a Curry-Lebron P&R . . . yikes.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@OLD_KNICK Payton was balls to the walls, tough and grit defender. Of course he hates today's game. It's soft, whistle friendly, and they should really start hanindg out Emmy's for the multiple performances many stars of this league put on a nightly basis.

Ratso Rizo
Ratso Rizo

@OLD_KNICK Payton was a great defender and the NBA now is kind of soft regarding what's allowed on D. We need to get back to smashmouth bball. I would love to see a hard foul on Lebron without the refs losing their minds.

Ratso Rizo
Ratso Rizo

@moneyball Totally agree. That's why Melo wants Rondo so badly. We would be awesome with him at the point.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@xmenreturn Agreed. Great post.

I think everyone here knows that Melo operates at his best when scoring within the flow of the offense, but I can understand why he's taking the bulk of the shots, he's the team's best player (that said, he's averaging less FG attempts than last season and no one was complaining back then).

Imo, you take the W's any way you can, and learn from the, game to game and make for those mistakes as time passes.


That said, Melo's 37% shooting last night it's not indicative of anything there, so once again I disagree with HD.

Melo's shooting almost 40% from 3 and 44% overall. Very similar, or better, than his career numbers,

Once again, all this while taking less shots per game than last season.

ds2488
ds2488

@Kiyan Carter Classic Knicks fan stuff.  Grass is always greener.  Not to diss Wall who is a very good young player and has a bright future, but there is no comparison to Melo.

knick4life
knick4life

@Kiyan Carter Not to mention Wall is a horrific shooter and defender.  But hey, let's trade Melo for him. 

Ratso Rizo
Ratso Rizo

@Muhammad Gretzky He distributes the ball enough. His teammates missed alot of shots. He's not on the team to pass anyway. The coach is supposed to be smart enough to set up plays for them to be successful--it's not on Melo.

knick4life
knick4life

@Muhammad Gretzky You do realize its a "five" game win streak right.  That they won the game where Melo was "self-absorbed" and that he made the key pass to Felton that put them up two at the end of regulation. He also made the pass on a huge 3 by Shump in the 4th qtr as well. 


But those plays don't fit the "agenda" so let's not mention those.  I swear Kobe doesn't get killed like this and he passed less than Melo in his prime.

chudogz1
chudogz1

That's when the coach is supposed to get involved, and not let him do what he wants, IMO..... Peace, Go Knicks

Chris
Chris

@towlie22 

the coach calls those isos. What planet you live on?

Chris
Chris

@wingo43 @Kenneth Combs You miss contested shots and you are screwing up, take him out of the lineup, and we lose by 25. This team was tired and the coach would not play fresh legs. He is an idiot of the first magnitude when it comes to coaching a game

rico
rico

@Ratso Rizo @moneyball Mmm Rondo can drive to the rim with any of em (or he used to be able to) but he is not a wonderful jump shooter.


Last night in the weighning moments Melo should have driven to the hoop and either got fouled, scored or dished the ball for an easy hoop. When you have 4 guys on you somebody is wide open.  Bargnani was standing in space. He could have received the ball and dunked it like a donut. 

Nick White
Nick White

@Kiyan Carter I THINK 13PPG 4 RBNDS 4 ASSISTS 2 DIMES 1.5 STEALS IS PERFECT. THIS 8 BOARDS A NIGHT IS ONLY CUZ TYSONS DOWN

nncyel
nncyel

@Ratso Rizo Are you talking last night or in general? Because last night Melo shot 9 for 24 (37.5%) while the rest of the team shot 26 for 57 (45.6%). So if you are talking last night you're wrong. And over the season the team's shooting percentage is roughly the same as Melo's. Please, stop with your assertions that Melo is the only go who can shoot straight on this team and that his teammates poor shooting justifies Melo's volume shooting.

nncyel
nncyel

@knick4life @Muhammad Gretzky You can't just pick out particular plays and use those to contradict what is plain to see. The Knicks do not play well at the end of games because their offense degenerates into iso-Melo. It's as simple as that.


And by the way, Kobe has a higher assist per 36 minutes than Melo. So you're completely wrong about that tidbit.

Muhammad Gretzky
Muhammad Gretzky

@knick4life@Muhammad Gretzky 

Okay "five" game, kill me. Second, you all seem to nitpick because your infatuation for him instead thinking about what the author and I are trying to say. Who cares about Kobe? This is about Melo and his tunnel vision when he gets challenged in the post and says "let me show this guy who I am" and then carries that mentally throughout the whole game in one-on-one play. If you didn't see that last night then..fine. And of course he's make that pass to Ray, did you see how discombobulated when he realized two defenders were draped on him?

Nick White
Nick White

@SportsMeccaNYC @Kiyan Carter WHY TRUST HIS TEAMMATES WHEN DO THEY BAIL HIM OUT? BARGANINI BLACKS OUT UNDER 10 SECONDS JR IS SO HIGH HE THINKS WERE DOWN 4 AT ALL TIMES FELTON IS STILL RUNNING UP THE COURT...C'MON HES MELO THATS HIS TIME

Ratso Rizo
Ratso Rizo

@Muhammad Gretzky @Ratso Rizo @nncyel I am an unapologetic rabid Melo fan and I appreciate and respect him for coming to NY to play for ungrateful fans and a troublesome press. King James couldn't take the heat.

Muhammad Gretzky
Muhammad Gretzky

@Ratso Rizo@nncyelNo, but trying to prove your superiority against Tucker in the post because he challenges you and you play one-on-one throughout, putting yourself in foul trouble does.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@Muhammad Gretzky@knick4life The same way Lebron tried to do last week vs us right?  It happens to every great player...sometimes others get wrapped up in the moment more than others.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Muhammad Gretzky @VerySilentJay @knick4life My bad, it just read that way.

You speak of "tunnel vision" and that he wants to go at it against the world.

He takes that attitude at times, yes. But for the most, it's his play and passes ofd the double on the low post that produce easy looks for the rest of the team.

That doesn't seem like tunnel vision to me.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Muhammad Gretzky @knick4life Yet you seem to nitpick negatively because you don't like Melo.


Did he make the pass or not?

Did he make the plays for himself and teammates to help the team win?


And the question that matters?

Did the team win or not?

Would the team have won without Melo?