Sam SpiegelmanWhen a team has dropped seven straight games, the picking is slim when it comes to who has stood out — at least in a good way.
But during the Knicks two-game skid this week, one player has been a bit of bright spot.
Kenyon Martin has been a jack-of-all-trades for New York, drawing the start against Portland and Los Angeles, and thriving in multiple aspects. This week Martin has scored 16 points, dished out 11 assists and grabbed 12 rebounds — all against elite Western Conference opponents.
The downside of Martin’s breakthrough is the fact that a power forward, who is charged with being a stout defender and rebounder — is forced to become the go-to distributor a swell. While it’s a bonus when your power forward has superior passing skills, it’s a black mark on the backcourt of Iman Shumpert and Beno Udrih, both of whom struggled against the Trail Blazers and non-factors against the Clippers.
Carmelo Anthony also made a strong case for Player of the Week, as he scored a combined 61 points and recorded 24 rebounds in the past two games. Melo has shouldered the load offensively for New York and certainly upped his tenacity on the boards with Tyson Chandler sidelined.
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