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New York Knicks Will Never Win with the Carmelo Anthony Show: Fan Reaction
Without Amar'e Stoudemire and Jeremy Lin, the Knicks needed Anthony to step up. Anthony has done just that. He has found his shooting touch. He is playing through a groin injury. Anthony has put the team on his shoulders. But too much Anthony is apparently a bad thing. The Knicks have lost two out of five games without Stoudemire and Lin in the lineup. Anthony scored 30+ points in each of those losses.
This is a disturbing trend. The Carmelo Anthony Show was never more obvious than last night (04/03/2012) against the Indiana Pacers. Anthony was on fire, hitting 54.8% of his shots. But he took 31 shots, 60% of the team total. Anthony filled the stat sheet with 39 points and 10 rebounds. But he failed to achieve the most important stat of all: the win.
Too many times last night, Anthony took the ball in the frontcourt and isolated his man. The rest of the Knicks just stood and watched. There was no ball movement. There was no offensive execution. It was all Anthony. The strategy worked until the fourth quarter, when his teammates needed to contribute. But they couldn't. They were rarely in the flow of the offense.
The sad thing is that Anthony knows that he is the problem. In January, he questioned whether he was shooting the ball too much. That is part of the problem. Of course the Knicks need Anthony to shoot the ball. But they need him to do other things too, like defending well and getting teammates involved. Great players contribute more than just scoring. They make their teammates better.
The Knicks will never be a championship team with Anthony playing this way. They cannot rely solely on Anthony. The Knicks were clearly a better team when Lin distributed the ball and led a balanced offensive attack. They were better when Stoudemire was an additional scoring threat. As great as Anthony is, he is just one of five players on the court. Although he can win games by himself, Anthony will never win a championship until he trusts and relies on his teammates.
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Edwin Torres was born in New York City. He has been a Knicks fan since the early 1980s. He has visited Madison Square Garden on many occasions to watch the Knicks and his favorite player, Patrick Ewing. For more articles, follow him on Twitter @FlipPoker.
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