Team basketball is the key and it starts with Anthony

Harris Decker

Carmelo AnthonyCarmelo Anthony followed up his 62 point performance against the Charlotte Bobcats by scoring a mere 35 points against the Lakers on Sunday. The Knicks won and are now riding a winning streak into their matchup against the Celtics on Tuesday. For the Knicks, the magic has come from playing as a team and that starts with Anthony.

In order to win, the Knicks have to play a specific brand of basketball. Without consistent production from the supporting cast, the entire show must run through Anthony. What’s ironic is that as Anthony begins to play better, taking more shots, so does the rest of the team. On Friday night, Anthony did it all himself. He was the main attraction and at times, it seemed as if he could have won that game by himself.

Against the Lakers on Sunday, it was a different story. Anthony was great, shooting 45% from the field on his way to 35 points and 5 assists. On days that Anthony scores 60+, he might not need much help from guys like J.R. Smith, Raymond Felton and Tim Hardaway Jr., but Sunday, his play allowed that trio to thrive. He drew the double teams and then made the outlet passes at the perfect time. Although he only racked up five assists, he passed to assists a number of times, creating perfect around the horns to the open shooter.

Quite a few times, that open shooter was Hardaway Jr., who was 4-for-5 from behind the arc. This was the most points he’s scored in a game since Christmas Day against the Thunder, when he scored 21. The open shots are easy to see in the box score. Hardaway Jr. shot 58%, a result of the open looks he was getting. Smith and Felton also had great games, scoring 16 and 20 points respectively. Smith added six rebounds and Felton broke down defenses and helped get guys open.

If Anthony is the key to getting guys open, Felton is the second in command. He’s the only player on the roster that’s shown a consistent ability to breakdown defenses on his own. Smith, Hardaway Jr. and Iman Shumpert all struggle to create for themselves but Felton can do it over and over. He showed that on Sunday and will have to keep it up in order to keep the streak alive. Anthony and Felton now hold the key to saving a very bleak Knicks season.




21 comments
Chris
Chris

Guys, you watch  the Nike adds, Melo is not going anywhere, just watch the efing adds and chill

JayfromtheFix
JayfromtheFix

Ok so i know ill get killed for my up coming comments but hear me out.


I have been thinking about what direction the knicks should go in esp with the deadline coming up and theres really two ways to go; 


1. Trade Melo Tyson Shump JR and Felton for expirings and draft picks 2014 or 2015. Im sure we can throw in Felton and JR when trading Melo or Tyson. With this option We will have to endure another bad season in 2015 and then have cap space and young players like THjr and the guys from the drat picks from the trades. We could use the freed up money from Amare and Bargs to go after a star player to pair with our young guys. In this case why get rid of Melo then?


2. Keep the current team maybe try and trade Felton and JR for ANYTHING i mean even a 2nd round pick. Resign Melo to the max and pair him with a second star in 2015 when Amare and Bargs come of the books. With this option we keep Melo but not many young players or draft picks.



IMO i want to choose option 1 but i think option 2 is better because Melo's game is not dependent on his athleticism so i think he will be a good player in his mid to late 30s. We will have the chance to retool the roster in 2015 esp if we can clear JR and Felton from the books. The biggest thing this team needs is a pg and if that means can't get  a second super star to pair with melo but sign 2-3 good players as long as one is a good pg like Conely for example. Also Choosing option 2 we dont have to wait till 2015 offseason to go after a player we can trade Amare and Bargs because they will be expiring. For example, trade Amare for Horford, Millsap and Teague ( if say next year Atlanta is looking to start over) and  Bargs.   

onewhoknix
onewhoknix

Hearing that a big part of our season relies on Raymond Felton is like hearing MC Hammer is in charge of budgeting my life savings.

ENGLBERT_HUMPERDINK
ENGLBERT_HUMPERDINK

Here are three observations from the Knicks’ second straight victory, a 110-103 win over the Lakers on Sunday at the Garden. Even though they beat an injury-ravaged Lakers club, it was a noteworthy win.


Mike D’Antoni’s teams are always a danger offensively with their speedball ways, and the Knicks needed to score a lot to win this. And they did score a lot – even without second-leading scorer Andrea Bargnani.

It is now the elephant in the room. The Knicks simply look like a freer, looser offensive team with Bargnani out of the picture with an elbow injury that he is rehabbing. He had played every single game until Friday, and in the two games since, the Knicks have racked up 125 and 110 points. On Friday, it was mostly Anthony, and Sunday it was everybody chipping in against the defense-challenged Lakers.


The chemistry with Bargnani has been a question, and now you can see why. Often, when he gets the ball, it’s either going up for an open look or it’s a shot-fake followed by a drive. He almost never passes out of the drive, which can lead to others getting stagnant. Forget about the defense. There seems a better flow and pace on offense. Plus, Anthony doesn’t seem obligated to get Bargnani the ball.


Bottom line: The Knicks are 2-0 minus Bargnani and 15-27 with him. Mike Woodson didn’t seem all that broken up about it when he announced the news about Bargnani’s status. He’s a decent scorer, but doesn’t bring enough intangibles on the court and isn’t emotional. For certain, the Knicks played with emotion in both games.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@Jerry Gee 

If you can't figure out why that one got deleted, there's no point in trying to explain it to you!!!!!!!!!

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@JayfromtheFix Time for rebuilding isn't realistic now.

Not too many teams are willing to part with picks either for this draft or the for 2015.

Melo and Tyson can only give you so much, and people need to brace themselves and understand that if Melo/Chandler are ever traded, the Knicks will get very little in return. It's not about market value, it's about what other teams are willing to let go,


Imo:

1. Fire Woodson.

2. Play the season out with an interim coach that can get this team to play with some heart. Get to the playoffs and play hard while not being disappointed with a one and done.

3. Resign Melo. Whether people here like it or not, he likes NY, can handle the media scrutiny, can carry a team and can help us attract high profile players if the FO chooses to go in another direction 

4. Wait until TC, Amare, and AB's expiring years and trade them to team's looking to be players in the 2015 draft class. Out of these huge contracts you're more than likely to get picks and young assets.

5. Keep Shump, Timmy, Murry, and Tyler, give them burn, and start from there. Bring in vets that can support younger players and help them grow.

6. Hire a coach with patience and savvy that's able not only to have a team play decent ball, but also able to mentor and help develop younger players.

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

@JayfromtheFix  

" trade Amare for Horford, Millsap and Teague ( if say next year Atlanta is looking to start over) and  Bargs. "


Is this the most lop-sided trade ever proposed in the history of TKB?  This competes with some of the Rondo proposals I've seen here...

JayfromtheFix
JayfromtheFix

@DolanitisDr @JayfromtheFix I used that as an example I'm not saying they will do that trade. My point is we dont have to wait on Amare and Bargs to expire we can trade them to a team looking to get rid of contracts

Chris
Chris

@Biggie @JayfromtheFix He gonna b around, read the Nike adds, he be hear, he came to get rings, and hopefully he will, if Dlodrum gives someone besides him and Zeke some power

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@JayfromtheFix @Biggie @VerySilentJay There aren't too many coaches that are willing to submit themselves to the turture that working for Dolan must be.

We can point out the names of all the unemployed coaches out there that can help us, and I'd say that about 0,5% of those would be willing to become yet another drone.

JayfromtheFix
JayfromtheFix

@Biggie @VerySilentJay @JayfromtheFix I dont think firing woodson would mean herb would be the interim coach the rest of the year. Maybe for a handful of games while we bring in a good coach like Hollins and let him know that the rest of this season will not count against him. 

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@DolanitisDr It depends on your point of view.

The Nyets were looking for a solid wing defender and gave up a pick that ended up being D Lillard.

Clips basically gave away Kyrie Irving to get Davies outo f the books and have available cap.

Detroit cleared cap to make a splash in FA and landed Jennigns and Smith, which hasn't panned out for them.

You ask me, even though FA is the way more attractive option, you have no certainty that anyone will want to come to your town. Couple that with the fact that not every FA class is solid (1 every 4 years have more than 4 available star players).

If you go through the drafting process, not only do you have multiple resources, but you get multiple shots at it. You have the opportunity to groom players and lead them in any direction you want to, you can put your faith on a young talented coach to grow along the younguns.

Imo, the latter is the way to go, but it's a process of luck, patience, and FO savvy that the Knicks just don't have.

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

@Kiyan Carter 

Not all trades or free agent signings pan out - ask Bargnani (current), Eddy Curry, Jerome James, etc.


The cost of swinging and missing on a draft pick is much less than swinging and missing on a trade/free agent. If a pick is going to be traded, it should be for high-caliber, productive players.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@DolanitisDr Lol.

We should keep it straight up bball talk.

This place already has had a decline on the presented content.

As posters, at least let's keep this place interesting and respectable.

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

@VerySilentJay @DolanitisDr 

I don't know what the deal is with all the handles...TKB's been going crazy the past couple weeks with deleted/flagged posts.  

All I know is Sandro mentioned some time ago that he was temporarily volunteering in Angola and he's had numerous posters REPEATEDLY bring this up since...he has quite a following here on TKB...

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

@Heartcore @SandroGuedes

Heartcore/Sandro, your fanbase is still going strong...peeps want answers on Angola, dammit! lol