“He (Melo) drew the attention of the Atlanta defense and let Raymond Felton (10 points in the fourth) andJ.R. Smith (10 points in the fourth) take over. The Knicks look control with a 15-4 run in which Melo had just two points.
The Hawks cut the Knicks’ lead to 10 points with 3:40 to go.
Anthony had an open look on the Knicks’ next possession. A make would have given him 43 points with plenty of time to get 50. But Anthony instead passed up the open shot and found Smith, who had an open lane to the rim.
Smith’s dunk with 3:30 to play put the Knicks up 12 and seemed to suck the life out of Phillips Arena.”
Tommy DeeMy thing all year with Melo critics is that it seems that regardless of what Melo does he’ll always be selfish. So much so I think they WANT him to be selfish so that they can be proven right instead of proven wrong. It’s an opinion, and a strong one, but that’s how I feel.
Melo the Selfish should have ball-hogged/iso/hero balled all fourth quarter to put his name in the history books. Back to back 50 point games? Beyond impressive.
Except he didn’t.
He was an unselfish teammate who continues to show trust in his teammates. Last year his passes were landing in the hands of Mike Bibby and Landry Fields, remember? Despite that, this time last year he was the best player in the Eastern Conference for the entire month of April. This year, the Knicks are primed and ready to lock horns against whomever they face in the first round with the first two games being held at the World’s Most Favorite Arena. No, hoping to steal one on the road. They will have home court advantage and they’ve been led there by Anthony.
And they’ve done it as a TEAM.