Sam SpiegelmanOver the past two weeks, role players like Iman Shumpert and Raymond Felton have proved all too worthy of Player of the Week honors, as both stepped up their games and, as a result, lifted the Knicks back into contention.
But as the Knicks’ season spirals out of control, again we’re hard-pressed to find a silver lining. That, of course, has been Carmelo Anthony.
Anthony has not been playing lights out — that’s for sure — but his numbers are the sole reason the Knicks have not been getting beat down by 40 points per night.
Anthony has averaged 27 points per game over the past four games. He’s averaged 10.75 rebounds per game, including a season-high 20 boards in the loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. And he’s found a rhythm from downtown, shooting 64 percent, including a 6-of-8 mark from 3-point range in last night’s defeat to the Philadelphia 76ers.
His major pitfall of late, though, has been his overall shooting from the field. Anthony has shot just 37 percent from the field, including a 10-of-23 mark against the Sixers last night and an unforgivable 10-of-23 effort against the Clippers.
Of course, the past four games have resulted in four losses, as the team fell to 15-27 and further away from the playoffs and closer toward perhaps an overhaul of the team.