Tag: Carmelo Anthony

Cleveland Cavaliers v New York Knicks

PBT’s Thursday Night NBA Winners/Losers: Kyrie Irving is the Cavalier you can’t stop


Every night the NBA can be a cold hard reality — there are winners, there are losers. It’s the nature of the game. We know you are busy and can’t keep up with every game, so we’re here to bring you the best and worst of the NBA each week night. Here’s what you missed while sleeping on your bacon-scented pillow case

source:  Kyrie Irving. He was the best player on the court in the Cavaliers win in Madison Square Garden. Not only did he score 37 points on 12-of-18 shooting, but he also he hit the dagger shot late in the fourth. The Cavs were up one with coming out of a timeout with 16 seconds left in the game, Irving had the ball out top isolated on Iman Shumpert. Irving drove left and got around Shumpert, Amare Stoudemire rotated over to help and Irving shot over both and went high off the glass — with an impressive degree of difficulty — to hit the shot. It was that way all night for Irving, who got to the rim whenever he wanted and also was 3-of-6 from three.

source:  Carmelo Anthony. He was just ice cold against LeBron James and the Cavaliers, shooting 4-of-19 from the floor. From our “a shot chart is worth 1,000 words” file, we bring you ‘Melo’s against the Cavaliers.


source:  Klay Thompson. Yes he scored 23 points in the Warriors comfortable win over the Pelicans (who had 30 points from Anthony Davis while the rest of the team shot 32.9 percent). However why he’s here is this amazing note from Sam Amick of the USA Today:

Referees ignore Derek Fisher’s call for timeout at end of Knicks’ loss to Nets

Derek Fisher

The Knicks were trailing by three points late in Tuesday’s home contest against the Nets, and had gained possession of the ball with 17 seconds left.

As Carmelo Anthony dribbled it up the floor, Derek Fisher appeared to be signaling the closest referee that he wanted to call a 20-second timeout. But his request went ignored, Anthony missed a pull-up three-pointer, and New York suffered its 15th loss of the season.

From Marc Berman of the New York Post:

One member of the referee crew said upon leaving the Garden: “We didn’t recognize it, because we didn’t see it.’’ …

“They said they didn’t see it, I can’t tell you what he did or didn’t see,’’ Fisher said. “I thought he was looking right at me. He said he didn’t see it though.’’…

“I thought it was a great look,’’ Anthony said. “I don’t know what the situation with the timeout was. I got the ball, I didn’t see anyone call a timeout. I kept it going. I didn’t want them to get a chance to set up, switch or trap. I had a clean one-on-one shot and I missed it.’’

This was an easily avoidable situation.

Fisher could have told his guys during a previous timeout that he wanted one if they had possession with a chance at a game-tying or game-winning shot, or he could have told them in a previous practice that he wants that to happen in 100 percent of these situations.

Fisher also could have attempted to get his player’s attention to call the timeout, instead of trying to get through to the official.

The reality, though, is that in this situation, giving the defense a chance to get set following a timeout is almost always going to result in a more difficult shot being attempted. Anthony got a pretty good look at a shot he’s more than capable of knocking down; it’s tough to envision some sorcery being conjured up by Fisher that would have legitimately improved Anthony’s chances.

Carmelo Anthony: ‘Sometimes we go out there and it’s like we don’t want to be out there’

Carmelo Anthony

The 4-14 Knicks aren’t the NBA’s worst team. That’d be the 0-16 76ers.

The Knicks aren’t the NBA’s most disappointing team. That’d be the 4-14 Hornets.

The Knicks aren’t even alone in the cellar with those two. The 3-14 Pistons provide company.

But a lack of superlatives sure isn’t making anyone in New York happy.

Amar’e Stoudemire has criticized the effort of the Knicks, who’ve lost four straight overall and six straight against NBA-caliber competition. (They squeezed in a win over the 76ers).

In Carmelo Anthony, Stoudemire has a teammate who notices the same issue.

Melo, via Marc Berman of the New York Post (hat tip: James Herbert of Eye on Basketball):

“He has his opinion,” Anthony said. “Sometimes we go out there and it’s like we don’t want to be out there. We’re not giving effort like we’re supposed to. As leader of the team, he had the right to step up to the plate.”

The Knicks have a lot of problems, and effort is only one of them.

Melo has been hurt. The triangle offense is new to them. Derek Fisher is a first-time coach.

It’s easy to blame effort, because players believe they can control that. It’d be depressing for the Knicks to believe their season is slipping away and change is out of their hands. So, players often talk about effort because they can control it better than most problems.

Though playing harder would help, that alone won’t won’t fix the Knicks. They need better players, maybe a better coach (who might be a Fisher with a little more experience).

Still, Melo’s comments are pretty big indictment of the team. If the Knicks are mailing it in now, how will they respond if these other issues don’t improve and New York slips even further from the playoff race?