Carmelo Anthony was spectacular in win over Pelicans

Harris Decker

Carmelo AnthonyThere were a few things evident after last nights victory over the Pelicans. First, that Iman Shumpert’s knee will likely mean today is a much quieter day than we anticipated 24 hours ago. Second, and more importantly, is that Carmelo Anthony is absolutely spectacular.

With 3:45 to go in the fourth quarter, Anthony truly took over the game. At that moment, he was blocked by Anthony Davis on what was a brilliant defensive play by the second-year big man. That blocked shot lit a fire under Anthony. He went on to face Davis one-on-one over the next few minutes, scoring eight of the final 10 points. The two points he didn’t score were icing free throws by Raymond Felton.

Anthony went right at Davis, who had played tough all night, and was able to win again and again. His inside stop and pop game was working at an amazing level and he ended with 42 points on 16-of-29. That’s right. In a 42 point game, he shot over 55 percent from the field and added three steals and two blocked shots.

That look in Anthony’s eyes was great to see. In a season full of blown leads, you could tell that he didn’t want to let that one get away. Sure it doesn’t do much to improve a team that has just now won it’s 21st game of the season but still, it’s great to see.

Nights like last night should remind Knicks fans why Anthony needs to remain a Knick after this season. Regardless of what the contract looks like, Anthony still can score against anyone and with the right supporting cast around him, he can win in New York.





24 comments
hashburry
hashburry

He didn't want to let this one get away?  So Melo was OK with letting all those other games where he had nothing left at the end get away?  He managed to hit his shots at the end of this game.  Not the case most nights. 

Brian Gilliard
Brian Gilliard

"... with the right supporting cast around him, he can win in New York."  Harris, you say this based on a win over the Pelicans, a bottom-10 nba team?

ds2488
ds2488

I don't know if it was Melo having more energy or whatever, but I noticed that for at least his final 2 shots, he really worked the ball into the foul line area and elevated.  That's the part of his game that can be unstoppable.


Unfortunately most games he either gets tired or lazy or a terrible play is called by the "coach" that doesn't give Melo much time to work the ball into the paint and he settles for lazy 3pt jumpers that haven't been going in at all this year.  


Anybody who blames Melo for this season does't know basketball.  Who is the Knicks 2nd best player?  Our pg is the leagues worst starting pg.  Our center is not very good either.  Shump and Smith have been terribly inefficient most of the year.  


If you can get another star in here and some better teammates you can absolutely win with Melo.  No question.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Listen...yes he was spectacular..but I don't really even care right now..this team is very disappointing regardless...what good is it if hes performing great..and the team stinks...

Kvdaone
Kvdaone

Shump with the fake knee injury...smh. Dude needs to except the fact he has played horribly and just let the nature of the league take its course. I hate stuff like this

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@zdiddy4nyk LMAO!  People were posting that last night before the game and we won. 

I have always been telling folks here that STATues is like Eddie Curry in that what ever he gives ya on offense he gives back double that on defense.  

rgm891
rgm891

@Elvis Maduro  They beat a Pelican team without Jrue and Anderson.  Nothing to be excited about.  

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@ds2488 Honestly...Anthony since hes been in NY...has gotten better and better as the season goes on, and plays lights out the second half of the season.  Expect this type of play throughout I would think...but he does need some help.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@rgm891 True but the win wasn't  the issue with me. It was hopefully Melo starting to see that he has to be smarter and taker advantage of things inside the arc and get to the foul line. 

Hope it continues! 

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@MeloStat301 Melo has been a scorer but last night was one of the first games where I saw him try to play smarter b-ball and not rely solely on the 3 in the clutch. 

He had drifted to it for awhile then a light may have gone on and he started doing his damage close range. That's the Melo we need who can shoot higher pct shots and get tot he line.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@xmenreturn @MeloStat301 Nobody is talkin about playpffs...I'm jus sating he has been very successful in winning games, with you saying we lose every time he plays, that's all. System or no system...they won a lot of games in phx.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@MeloStat301 LOL Phx ran like horses in the regular season where they could catch teams off of back to backs or not caring to run with them for a game. They also had Nash in his prime. 

A Pringles team is best suited for the regular season at best.  Playoff b-ball where you see the same team until you win the series or go home, no team will take ya for granted or decide to let a game get away. 

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Kiyan Carter  

I always expect max players to deliver more and have more responsibility.  My pt has always been that STATues and Melo do not have high b-ball IQ. 

We know that STATues will never be the player to get us over the top.  Yet many feel Melo is that guy or The Man!.

Well, The Man, has to do more than just score. He has to lead or help find solutions on the court to help his team. If the man is out launching 3s in the clutch when he is maybe our best rebounder and have the skill set to move in and do damage and maybe go to the foul line, that is not smart period.

Melo surely needs help but Melo has to be open to give help as well. 

rgm891
rgm891

@xmenreturn @rgm891  150% When Woodson is here nothing is going to happen but launching three balls for days!

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@rgm891 Very True but that is why b-ball IQ comes in. If Melo starts to see the double and make purposeful passes and they take advantage of what the defense gives him, he will be more lethal.

We suck at rebounding if Melo is out launching 3s because he maybe one of our best rebounders when he wants to.  We need him more closer to the rim consistently. 

rgm891
rgm891

@xmenreturn @rgm891  Valid point man definately.  It has been hard to do that because teams have been constantly doubling him and forcing other players to beat them.  Down the stretch they had one on one with Melo, which is why he was able to do that with ease.