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Melo Drops 33 in His Return…..Still Not Enough


What is becoming a recurring theme this season, the Knicks struggle late, losing 102-93 at home to Orlando, allowing 17 3-pointers. After leading most of the game, the Knicks were unable to grab an offensive rebound in the fourth quarter, paving the way for an 18-8 run by the Magic in the final 6 minutes. Now at 6-7, the Knicks are having serious trouble developing chemistry on the offensive side of the ball and continue to struggle from the 3 point line, which allowed them to stay competitive in so many games last year. They may have been able to limit Dwight Howard to just 8 points and 10 rebounds, but they allowed Ryan Anderson to put up a career high 30 point game, 21 of them coming from beyond the arc.

They sure did look ugly in the final quarter, but there were a few bright spots throughout the game. Carmelo refused to disappoint in his return, scoring 33 while filling up the stat sheet with 9 boards, 5 assists and 3 steals. The Knicks rookies, Shumpert and Harrelson, also looked good. Harrelson scored 8 in 13 minutes, another solid outing for Josh, while Shumpert put up 12 points and 3 steals in 33 minutes.

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Defensively, the Knicks looked great against Howard, making it clear that was their focal point heading into the game. Stifling double teams from Chandler and Stoudemire proved difficult for Dwight to handle, but pushed Stoudemire into early foul trouble. “We lost the game because I got into foul trouble and it won’t happen again” said Amar’e. Melo added post game that he thought he tweaked his ankle when he stepped on Hedu Turkoglu’s foot, which he will continue to get the treatment on, but reassured us that he will be on the floor Wednesday against Phoenix.

Following the game, Coach D’Antoni said it was the combination of the zone played by Orlando in the fourth quarter, as well as the 17 3-pointers allowed that led to the Knick’s demise, but the horrendous point guard play is beginning to cripple the Knicks offense. The Knicks are 26 th in the league in assists per game, averaging just 18. Tony Douglas and Iman Shumpert have been awful from the field this year, shooting 33 and 36 percent respectively. They also are not very good passers, averaging less than 6 assists a game combined. Mike Bibby hasn’t been able to be a factor yet this season and I simply can’t see Baron Davis becoming one either, if or when he returns. Something has got to give and if it isn’t going to be any of the Knicks shooters, than another disappointing season seems imminent.




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By: Nicholas Circharo
Pro Basketball Fans Staff Writer

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