BOSTON — Had the Knicks succumbed to a furious Boston Celtics rally in the fourth quarter here Friday night, Carmelo Anthony would’ve taken the blame.
Had the Knicks blown a 26-point lead and ended up having to play a Game 7 on Sunday, Anthony would’ve felt the heat.
On the streets, in the bars and on talk radio all across New York City.
And one can only imagine how much his reputation would have been further tarnished had the Knicks ended up making NBA history by blowing a 3-0 series lead and losing to the Celtics in seven.
“As far as failure goes, I can’t step into the court thinking about failure,” Anthony said shortly after the Knicks staved off the Celtics, 88-80, to win the series, 4-2, for their first postseason series win since 2000.
“It’s all about me persevering, me succeeding, my teammates succeeding, we succeeding as a team. When you start second-guessing everything, when you start playing with doubt, it brings a lot of stress into the situation.
“And I can’t afford to play under them circumstances.”