Author: Kurt Helin


Carmelo Anthony sits out second half vs. Portland with sore knee


You could see it — late in the second quarter Carmelo Anthony drove the lane and made a lay-up against the Portland Trail Blazers, but as he ran back up the court he was wincing. He had aggravated the issue with his left knee, which caused him to miss four games recently.

Anthony did not play in the second half because of his knee.

The Knicks are off until Wednesday when they face the Clippers in Los Angeles. After that they return home to face the Pistons on Friday. Anthony has been a game time decision for a while now due to his knee issues, that likely will remain the case going forward for a while.

Without Anthony the Knicks could mount no serious challenge to the Trail Blazers (well, frankly they couldn’t do that with Anthony either). In the second half the Knicks leaned heavily on Cole Aldrich and Tim Hardaway Jr. to generate points and the result was just 34 second half points in what was a 101-79 loss. The Knicks are now 5-27 on the season and have lost 17 of 18.

Anthony said some close to him have advised him to sit out for a while to rest his knee and get healthy. He’s trying to avoid surgery, but that is not out of the question. With the way the Knicks’ season is heading — and with the fact the Knicks have their own draft pick for this season — there’s not really a reason to rush Anthony back.


Kris Humphries with monster putback slam (VIDEO)

Boston Celtics v Washington Wizards
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Kris Hmphries’ role with the Washington Wizards isn’t exactly to score  lot of points. Not on a team with John Wall, Bradley Beal and Paul Pierce. Just some rebounding and defense is expected.

But there was Humphries against the Celtics Saturday putting up a team-high 18 points. He knocked down some midrange jumpers from the right side, but he did most of his damage at the rim.

Like this putback slam. You’ve got to tip your cap to the guy, it’s a quality play.

Kemba Walker goes off for career high 42 for Hornets (VIDEO)

Kemba Walker, Nikola Vucevic

Kemba Walker is quick with penetration into the paint, but when his jumper is falling too he is very difficult to stop. Just ask the Orlando Magic.

Walker dropped 42 points on Orlando Saturday night, 35 of those in the second half as he pretty much single-handedly kept the Hornets in the game. He was only 6-of-15 shooting in the paint but the jumper was falling — 4-of-5 from the midrange and 5-of-12 from three. He was getting open looks, as 18 of his shots were uncontested. He was attacking and that meant he got to the line nine times as well. Plus he dished out seven assists. It was a tour de force.

And it didn’t matter. The Hornets defense was bad and couldn’t get a stop, Nikola Vucevic had 22 points, and the Magic won 102-94.