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Melo and Knicks Playing Super During SB48 Week
Whatever has inspired his team, Coach Woodson will take it
NEW YORK – Maybe it’s just a coincidence or maybe it’s not. But the New York Knicks led by their perennial All-star forward, Carmelo Anthony have been on a rampage of late. The 62 point explosion aside, Carmelo has lifted his teammates and has carried them on his broad shoulders in MVP like fashion for the better part of two weeks. The Knicks (at press time) are currently riding a 4 game winning streak. The fact that they beat the Charlotte Bobcats, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers, basically all bottom feeders means little when you’re trying to become relevant in the wins and loss column.
Could it be actually the return to small ball with Pablo Prigioni returning and the big Italian, Andrea Bargnani? One fact of the matter is when Carmelo is able to play extensive minutes at power forward he’s a much more lethal scorer. He’s rebounding this year like a mad man with a career high average of 9 per game. His scoring is at a 27 per game clip; ranking him in the top 3 in the League.
Small ball also has to its advantage Prigioni running the point and Ray Felton playing more off of the ball. With Prigioni the ball moves splendidly much like it did last year when the Knicks went on that 13 game winning streak.
Winning games is the best medicine but, with the hysteria in the New York Metropolitan area over the Super Bowl and all that comes with it, negative focus hasn’t been placed upon the Knicks. There hasn’t been any chatter of Woodson losing his job. JR Smith has been playing positive and inspiring basketball. Perhaps he’s grown some. Or perhaps maybe his knee, the one he had surgery over the off season is 100 percent healed and ready for battle.
With the Knicks winning with small ball, what will happen once Bargnani and also injured Amare Stoudemire returns?
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Jerald L. Hoover