Knicks lose a heartbreaker to the Dallas Mavericks

Harris Decker

Coming into Monday night, the Dallas Mavericks had 34 wins. Thirty-four wins means the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference, but in the Eastern Conference that would be good for the third-best record. The only teams in the Eastern Conference with more than 34 wins are the Pacers and the Heat. What’s the point of this long, drawn out setup? Losing to the Mavericks isn’t all that surprising. The way it happened was the story.

Dirk Nowitzki shoots the game-winning shot over New York Knicks small forward Carmelo AnthonyIn what was a well-fought, back and fourth game, a single shot by future Hall of Famer Dirk Nowitzki sealed the Knicks fate. With 34 — hey, there’s that number again — seconds left in the game, the Knicks controlled the ball. There was plenty of time to run a play, get a good look at the basket and then try to play defense for the remaining 10 seconds of the game. What took place in that 24 seconds was truly sickening.

Carmelo Anthony dribbled the ball between half-court and the three-point arc, starring down Vince Carter. He dribbled right, dribbled left. He threw in a number of head fakes and at one point, looked like he was halfway up into a deep 3-point attempt. Instead, he passed to J.R. Smith with 10 seconds left on the play clock. Smith took that opportunity to flail around for a few seconds before hoisting up a wild shot that not only didn’t go in, but failed to even reach the rim.

What was disappointing was not that Smith missed the shot or that he was fouled in the process. What was disappointing was the shot selection. While Smith was fouled and should have gone to the line, Smith being forced to hoist up a shot with the shot clock expiring isn’t exactly the way you want your last possession to end.

Anthony discussed that final Knicks possession after the game.

“I should’ve just pulled up for the three and just took that chance,” he said.

Mike Woodson added, “J.R. tried to get it off. I thought he got bumped.”

The shot clock went off and the Mavericks used a timeout to move the ball back to their end of the court. After a few passes, the ball reached Dirk Nowitzki and everyone in the building knew the game would come down to his one shot. Anthony played tough on Dirk. He was pushing, swatting and giving him very little room to operate. I honestly thought that if it were earlier in the game, a foul could have easily been called on Anthony.

With about two seconds left on the clock, Nowitzki put up a classic high-arching shot which bounced around the rim for a full second before finally going in as time expired, to the dismay of the Madison Square Garden crowd. It was another close game that ended in heartbreaking fashion for the Knicks. For the Mavericks, it was their win No. 35 of the season, moving them into the seventh seed in the West. For the Knicks, it was their loss No. 36, good for the fifth-worst record in the Eastern Conference.

The Knicks are back at it again on Thursday when they take on the Heat in Miami. That would should be interesting.

17 comments
MeloStat301
MeloStat301

No one connected to the Knicks believes Anthony is leaving when he opts out of his contract this summer and becomes a free agent. And truth be told, his future cannot be tied to a devastating loss, or even a series of them -- nor can a straight line be drawn from Felton's embarrassing postgame arrest and Anthony's free-agent fate. CBSSports.com - See more at: http://hoopshype.com/rumors/tag/free_agency#sthash.vAnent2K.dpuf

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

IS CARMELO ANTHONY SELFISH??:


Is Carmelo selfish? "Absolutely not. Yao Ming is the most unselfish superstar I ever played with and Melo's second. That's not bashing Kobe [Bryant]. Kobe's a different animal. Melo's very unselfish, but he has the heart of a lion. He has like 10 hearts in that little chest of his. For a guy to be unselfish and still have a killer instinct, people can't do that." 


CAN KNICKS WIN W/MELO??


Can the Knicks win with Melo? "I believe Carmelo has it in him. Certain things need to be brought out of him. I don't want to say exactly. There's a couple things that I think could be brought out of him that I think could make him a complete player. He has the potential to be a champion, absolutely."



WILL CARMELO RE-SIGN??


On whether Carmelo Anthony will re-sign with the Knicks: "It's a no-brainer. Melo's not afraid of the media. Some people are afraid of that challenge, the N.Y. media. Melo's one of those guys who's not afraid." 


Words from Ron-Ron.


http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/knicks/post/_/id/54222/metta-i-dont-think-i-was-given-a-fair-chance

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

Of our 21 victories, only 5 have come against teams with above .500 records.

onewhoknix
onewhoknix

We could have gone 2 for 1. JR caught the ball with 34 seconds left but instead of a timeout he looked at the coach and woodson said keep going. Not that the play would have been any different. It would have still been a iso-melo 15 footer on two people but at least we would have gotten a shot after dirk put them ahead. Inept coaching has been the theme all year round.

Just to have a chance to beat Dallas we were down 8 and had to hit some ridiculous shots and force two uncharacteristic turnovers on Dallas' part.

barnaby87
barnaby87

I don't see how you don't get a shot off there.  I thought Melo would have popped the three.

rico
rico

During the final seconds Clyde seemed to lose it, yelling like a coach or fan on what Melo/JR/the knicks should do. I thought he was going to toss the headsets and start barking at the team...which is probably what they needed. Make that definitely what they needed.

OLDKNICK
OLDKNICK

@Jerry Gee  That the bloggers dont need to know it but that dolan does instead ????

onewhoknix
onewhoknix

@rico Sometimes Clyde goes silent for stretches of time in which the Knicks are playing poorly and I just imagine him muting his headset and cursing to the high heavens.

Blaze NYK
Blaze NYK

@rico  Sometimes I wonder if Clyde might be a coach candidate.  He might not have the disposition for it but he definitely has the brains for it and I think he could potentially be a good "player's coach" because he was a player himself, won several titles but also was known for being a ladies man and a cool cat off the court, so I think he'd be able to relate to the players.  

rico
rico

I don't know about cursing, thats not Clyde but i can imagine him taking woody in his office and asking what in gods name he's doing at the end of games? Etc...

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@Blaze NYK @rico He'd never want the job...he's mentioned he loves his summer time off...he goes away..forget exactly where...some island in the Caribbean somewhere.  Don't think he would like all the prep during summertime for the season.  But I believe he would be a good coach, if he ever took a job.

rico
rico

I never said he wants to coach, just that he sounded like his instincts and frustration took over the other night and "a coach almost broke out":)