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A potential downside to Carmelo Anthony's hot streaks

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01:56 PM ET 04.06 | New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony has been brilliant of late, eclipsing 40 points for the third straight game on Friday night against the Milwaukee Bucks. The victory was the Knicks' 11th straight, and Anthony's dominance has certainly played a huge factor in that winning streak. However, there may be one downside to Anthony's greatness that could be exposed in a playoff series. Prior to Anthony's 41-point performance on Friday, he had scored 40 or more points seven times this season. In those games, the Knicks' role players shot just 41 percent from the field in the second half. If you take out J.R. Smith, that number goes down to 38 percent. Kenyon Martin admits that sometimes the other guys have a tendency to just stand around and watch Anthony when he gets it going. "It's hard not to [watch]," Martin said after the victory over Atlanta, which marked the 12th time he's watched Anthony score at least 40 points as a teammate. "But we've got a job to do out there on the floor: To try to keep things moving, and to keep the defense honest." This issue has not burned the Knicks yet, but it could be something to watch for come playoff time. If New York wants to make a deep run, Anthony will need plenty of support from his teammates.

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April 6, 2013  02:07 PM ET

I still can't trust the Knicks with the same Nuggets players come playoff time.

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April 6, 2013  03:00 PM ET

Melo is like Kobe but without the defense; He never met a shot that he didn't like.

April 6, 2013  04:01 PM ET

Stopped reading when I saw, "The Wall Street Journal."

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April 6, 2013  05:30 PM ET

Talk of making a story out of nothing.

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April 6, 2013  07:20 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Melo is a great offensive playera mediocre defender and mediocre leader...he will always be an all star and a very good player but he will never be a true elite player.....he is going to be forever in the tier UNDERNEATH the LeBron's, the Wade's, the Duncan's, the Kobe's, the KG's, the Durant's, the Rose's, the Nash's of the game...he is tucked in their nicely with that 2nd tier of stars

What does Melo have to do to be elite?

April 6, 2013  09:22 PM ET

one and done. The Knicks don't make it out of the first round. They aren't built for the playoffs PERIOD!!!

April 7, 2013  02:58 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Melo is like Kobe but without the defense; He never met a shot that he didn't like.

...and very few he doesn't make, which isn't a half bad combination.

April 7, 2013  02:59 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

one and done. The Knicks don't make it out of the first round. They aren't built for the playoffs PERIOD!!!

Keep wishing and you'll always have a goal.

April 7, 2013  06:41 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

one and done. The Knicks don't make it out of the first round. They aren't built for the playoffs PERIOD!!!

ha ha ha ha ha!

 
April 7, 2013  11:43 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Keep wishing and you'll always have a goal.

Knicks will start favorites vs the C's, but NO ONE will be surprised if the C's bounce the Knicks in round 1.

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