The Knicks Blog’s Player of the Week: Carmelo Anthony

Sam Spiegelman

It’s hard to say anything is going too great for the New York Knicks, who in the early going sit at 1-3, including one loss to the Charlotte Bobcats.

Carmelo AnthonyThis week’s The Knicks Blog Player of the Week belongs to none other than Carmelo Anthony, who has been shouldering the load in numerous aspects of the game as his supporting cast struggles.

Through four games, ‘Melo leads the team in points (23.8), rebounds (9.5) and steals (2.3), all while playing a team-high 42 minutes per game. Of course, Anthony is expected to lead whatever team is playing in scoring, but the effort on the boards and on the defensive end is certainly commendable.

With Tyson Chandler sidelined for an extended period of time, ‘Melo will have to continue to make a concerted effort to grab rebounds, though he alone cannot make up for the loss of his All-Star center. Melo is averaging almost 10 boards per game, while Chandler averaged about 9; the next closest contributor is Iman Shumpert, averaging 4.5.

As a scorer, it’s hard to knock any of Anthony’s shooting percentages early on. Anthony has been strong deep 3-point range, but could certainly improve on 30-percent shooting. The most promising stat is that Anthony has taken the majority of his shots from inside the paint (26), where he’s shooting better than 46 percent.

When J.R. Smith returns, Anthony will have the benefit of another proficient scorer to help take some pressure off of him, but also to open up lanes for him. Shumpert, Metta World Peace and Raymond Felton are all scoring in double figurings, though none is consistent enough to help this Knicks offense find a rhythm. 


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19 comments
csh205
csh205

I went to the "Doctor Zhivago" game against the Black Hawks about 10 years ago when Charles Wang was standing at the entrance and shaking hands with all 3000 of us who came.  Free hot chocolate was provided and then everyone was allowed to come down to the lower level seats.  The referenced Montreal snow game turned into a Habs home game since the Montreal fans were already here at the Marriott and hardly any Islanders fans braved the roads which was understandable. Hopefully they move it to Wednesday or the NHL can pay everyone's collision insurance deductibles.

Logan Monstuart
Logan Monstuart

Lady and gentlemen; not being able to fly to NY for tomorrow's game, don't think a resched to Wed would work either. Therefore: might have two tickets to WEDS game. Best offer, not looking to scalp anyone. Reply here. Section 300, center ice or very close.

tonelli27
tonelli27

Just saw the Suffolk County ex bellone say he expects road closures including the LIE and other major arteries. Im just wondering if the storm is as bad as its supposed to be, particularly in Nassau and suffolk county, why should the nhl compel those who will be tempted to travel to the coli to do so. What responsibility does the nhl have to the public at large?? Answer they should be responsible and err on the side of caution and postpone the game.

jt91
jt91

Anyone here if JT and Halak where able to get back home ? Hopefully Nash missed his flight! 

Don22
Don22

OK, off topic:  I was just watching a video fight of Ron Hextall (Flyers) and Felix Potvin (Leafs) fighting back in 1996.  I didn't know Jiggs did play by play for the leafs back then.  I think that is when Howie Rose came on board.  I guess I just thought Jiggs retired.  I know he went down to Florida and did some work with the Panthers.


It was weird hearing him on the Leafs broadcast.

jt91
jt91

I'm hoping for the game to be cancelled. Supposed to go tomorrow with 3 other buddies to the game. Have to drive from Suffolk. Really don't feel like eating the tickets!


Both teams have  off day on wednesday. Move the game one day and it would make a big difference!

REDSpointofview
REDSpointofview

I'm off topic here, I realize that and should have posted this on one of the prior two threads but,,, I am also watching the snow fall and thinking I am stuck in the house for the next two days anyway. So, let it snow, and stay off the roads because the Governor said so... If you do try to get to the coliseum Tuesday, please use caution and four wheel drive, and wear your Islander regalia. I am going to be ensconced in the comfort of my den, a log on the hearth and a warm beverage in my hand. Perhaps some coffee laced with bourbon would suffice. Let's go Islanders...

Now for my point,,, I saw a number of posts criticizing the selection of Johanson as the All-star game MVP. First off is the understanding that many who voted were using Twitter accounts on their phones right from the game. The announcers were urging the fans in attendance to vote. So who do you really think they are going to vote for? Of course it was going to be one of the home town players. Just imagine if Nash scored four, were they going to boo? Yeah,,, it would have been nice if Tavares got the car but, the player that might actually have deserved it more was Voracek, with his six points on three goals and three assists...

Jim Miller
Jim Miller

Snow is the only thing saving the $angers from another embarrassing game against the Islanders.

Jennifer Catania Canino
Jennifer Catania Canino

Its no fair to the fans who have paid good money not to have the game postponed. I Know - the NHL doesn't care. But why should they be the ones to tell fans to risk their lives and drive when the state and others tell us not too??

Don22
Don22

@tonelli27 I agree totally. In as much as I would like them to play so I can watch a game, the right thing to do is reschedule - possibly to Wednesday night.  


However, the Rangers might protest moving the game to Wednesday as that would create a back to back situation for them, and we all know they run out of gas easily and wouldn't be able to compete.  

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

@tonelli27  i think with how unprepared some have been for past storms based on weather claims, they HAVE to be overly cautious with this storm.  i have heard conflicting reports of when this is supposed to end completely, so im assuming how the roads are doing will obviously impact the NHL's decision to postpone the game. 

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

@jt91 hahah...yeah art staple said that they are back on long island and that the NHL won't make any decisions regarding the game until at least tomorrow morning. 

Todd Walsh
Todd Walsh

@Don22 I remember very well what happened.  He was pushed out the door after he told the truth about the horrible Isles management during the last game of the season in 95 I believe it was. The owners pushed him out, similar to what happened to Torrey in summer of 92.  What he said was totally true, but obviously the owners and gm didn't like it one bit.  

REDSpointofview
REDSpointofview

I am not so sure that will happen. Newsday has reported that the Rangers are already here, practicing today at the Coliseum rather than their Westchester facility. They are going to stay the night in Wang's Marriott which will mean they will be better rested than us...

Don22
Don22

It's more than just fans.  It is the safety of employees and players and NHL officials who have to go to the games too. 


I would think that if the state is closing roads and telling people to stay home, the NHL would do the same.  However, it could also be tough to reschedule the game (although I think they could do it Wed night).


Just think too.  Almost all the time they play a game at NVMC in a snowstorm, they give the fans that bought tickets a freebie to another game.  That might be harder to do this year because of the sellouts - but they might still do it.

Michael Frias
Michael Frias

It really all depends on when the snow subsides and they're able to clear the roads.  If the roads are relatively clear by 4:00pm, there's not reason to cancel the game.  But from what I've heard and read, it's supposed to go all day tomorrow, so I guess we'll see.


Maybe all that tax money they saved by not building a new Coliseum will be used to give the plow guys some OT.

tonelli27
tonelli27

@don22 @slapshot much as i hate they would postpone the game for many reasons, the league has to think about public safety. It would be very tough on the team true, playing the rags, bruins back to back and then a Saturday tilt with the red wings. Not easy at all and a very daunting challenge. But nassau Co is getting higher snow totals than even the city will. Bad timing for mother nature to do this.

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

@Don22 also getting tickets to see isles lightning or some other team is NOT equivalent to isles rangers...in terms of game experience AND price of tickets are close to double for this game.  


also not sure if moving the game one day later is fair to everyone.  id expect some sort of compensation if the game is moved at all.