*throws roses at Melo’s feet*
Well, that was intense, wasn’t it? The Knicks earned themselves a rare win last night with a pulse pounding 98-91 victory over the lowly New Orleans Pelicans, staving off a furious (and potentially job-ending if accomplished) comeback by Anthony Davis and his young western conference squad. Both teams were neck and neck throughout most of the game before the Knicks ignited with a run to end the 3rd quarter up 11. Entering the 4th, they tried their hardest to screw it up, but Melo would have none of it.
If you follow me on twitter, you know I’m normally not a member of the “poor Melo, he needs help” pity party for various reasons, but last night more than any other really made me realize the sick irony of him having one of the strongest seasons of his career with arguably the worst team he’s been a part of. One thing is clear more than anything else, when he’s on the court, he wants to win the game. I respect him for that.
WHAT WENT RIGHT:
- 40 minutes. 42 points. Carmelo Anthony is the Auguste Escoffier of this basketball stuff. Not much more to be said. Really wish he didn’t have to play so many minutes.
- Felton has been experiencing as rough a stretch as anyone on this roster, but despite a bad shooting night (1-8/5 points) he did a solid job of moving the ball, tallying 8 assists and pulling down 7 rebounds to lead all Knicks guards.
- JR and Tim had another solid scoring night off the bench, combining for 35 points and only 1 turnover between them. Tim also had a couple fantastic finishes in transition to go along with his hot shooting from outside.
WHAT WENT WRONG:
- While I’m not a member of the Melo pity-party, I am a regularly affiliated with the “Iman Shumpert Shouldn’t Dribble” coalition. Shump injured his surgically repaired left knee last night attempting to pull a Rondo-esque ball fake when he slid on a wet spot of the court. He was diagnosed with a sprained left knee and is going back to New York to be further evaluated. Sigh.
- With Amare hurt and Kenyon still recovering from an ankle injury, it was odd to see Woodson only go 8 deep into the rotation. Another DNP-CD for Murry is odd, especially considering the turnstile Prigs was becoming at the end of the game.
- Luke Babbit took Tyson to the cup and scored. I don’t know man.
- There was a moment in the 2nd half where Clyde was questioned about his being traded out of New York and how it affected him as player that was very interesting. Apparently Willis Reed, coach and GM of the Knicks at the time, didn’t let Clyde know he was being traded until it already happened. Which understandably would ruffle his feathers considering they won a championship together and were supposed to be friends.
- The Knicks head to Orlando for a 7:00PM matchup with the Magic tomorrow.