Tommy DeeMelo had a bad game, but yesterday’s game, to me, was not a bad loss. It was a loss.
If you watched Game 3 of the Rockets/Thunder game you saw the Thunder get out early and eventually give the lead up to the Rockets after a huge Francisco Garcia 3 pointer. The next play with 30-odd seconds remaining and the Thunder down 2 Durant didn’t share the basketball as he hoisted a top of the key three that somehow hit the rim 4 times before hanging and dropping.
It was a terrible shot and the ball never touched anyone else’s hands. The Thunder would win and go up 3-0.
Pretty positive tone about a high volume shooter.
Comparing Melo and Durant at this stage of the game would be foolish, even if they are basically the same exact player. Durant is more athletic and Melo is stronger and doesn’t benefit from having Russell Westbrook on his side offensively up until the other day. But, to me, it stands to reason that, like the Thunder with Durant, the Knicks managed a 3-0 lead BECAUSE of Melo. They were in the game yesterday thanks to his teammates, particularly Ray Felton sans J.R. Smith, who fought hard to create an epic comeback that Melo couldn’t close on.
Who had Knicks in 4?
The Knicks had a chance and missed an opportunity. See you Wednesday.