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While in China, ‘Melo and Chris Paul say they’d play there

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What else did you expect them to say?

Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul have been good soldiers for the NBA players union, officially keeping the door open to them playing overseas if the lockout drags on. Leverage baby! Even though for CP3 he’d be risking injury while on the cusp of a huge free agent payday in the NBA. But sure he’ll play overseas.

Anthony and Paul are on a Nike/Jordan brand promotional tour in China. Of course, they were asked if they would play overseas during the lockout. Of course they said yes. Of course they were asked where they would like to play.

What do you think they answered? ESPN has the video, if you need to see it.

“I love it, man, there’s a lot of history here,” Anthony said. “The fans are great. So why not? Why not try it out?”

Paul later said “Same, no question.”

So to recap: While in China standing in front of Chinese fans and asked to make a completely non-binding comment on if they would play in China should they decide to play overseas during the lockout, both said “why not.”

Take that with all the seriousness they intended it.

‘Melo has been doing photo shoots for Italian Vogue

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How have you been spending your lockout summer? We’ve been spending our wishing we were writing out free agency rumors and trades right now, but instead we bring you what ‘Melo has been doing with his summer vacation?

Carmelo Anthony has been spending part of his doing a photo shoot for the Italian edition of Vogue magazine (via The Basketball Jones, where they have more photos, we think because Trey Kerby has a subscription).

I’m no fashion expert, but I’m not sure the top hat is coming back. I mean, one American is legendarily famous for wearing one, but things didn’t end all that well for him. And it’s been out of fashion for 100 years. And if you’re 6’8″ do you need to look taller. But like I said, I’m not about to criticize anyone for their fashion choices. Or for spending part of his offseason doing fashion photo shoots. Good for Anthony.

But the top hat?

Video: Carmelo Anthony’s game winner over Danny Granger

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Did the Knicks want the play Miami more than Boston in the first round?

If so, this shot pretty much ruined. New York’s win and Boston’s loss means these two are almost certainly on a collision course, and Boston’s size will be a big challenge for the Knicks.

But that doesn’t make this shot any less pretty. As we said in Baseline to Baseline, knock Carmelo Anthony all you want, there are few guys you want taking the last shot more. He can create his own shot, he doesn’t fear the moment and he can knock them down. Just ask poor Danny Granger.

Baseline to Baseline recaps: Ugly or not, Knicks and Pacers will take wins

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Knicks 113, Magic 106 (OT): The Kicks were desperate for a win. The Magic were without Jameer Nelson and J.J. Redick which meant heavy doses of Gilbert Arenas (who was 1-of-7 from three). Dwight Howard fouled out. That meant a streak breaking win for the Knicks — The Knicks had lost six in a row, the Magic had won five in a row.

Credit the Knicks with playing small — 6’9” Shawne Williams, a guy who takes nearly three times as many threes as shots at the rim, was the starting center — but keeping Dwight Howard scoreless in the first half by sending hard doubles. Credit Carmelo Anthony for hitting contested shots on his way to 19 points in the third quarter on his way to 39 for the game.

This was not some season changing win — it was rather an ugly, sloppy game really. The Knicks offense still looked disjointed and isolation heavy, Anthony just hit the shots. But the Knicks needed a win, even an ugly one, so they’ll take it.

Indiana 107, Boston 100: Rajon Rondo returned and looked good for Boston, hitting 9-of-13 shots. But Indiana outworked the Celtics in this one, got great play from Darren Collison late and won a game that lacked any flow or any good defense (Indiana was on a 120 points per 100 possessions pace, which is about 20 points higher than the Celtics give up a game. This game had no real flow to it — both teams were at times brilliant and a disaster — but credit Indiana a win it needed to remain ahead of Charlotte in the race for the eighth spot in the East.

Bobcats 87, Bucks 86: Charlotte out-executed the Bucks down the stretch — they had a 7-0 late run to take the lead behind Gerald Henderson’s 3-of-3 shooting in the fourth quarter. The Bucks just do not play well at the end of games (when John Salmons and Brandon Jennings should take over).

All kinds of playoff implications here — Charlotte remains one game back of eight-seed Indiana, with Milwaukee now three back and looking like a lottery team.

Sixers 97, Bulls 85: The Bulls never led it this one and trailed by as much as 23. The Bulls didn’t shoot well all game (1-of-11 from three) and Derrick Rose had 10 turnovers. It just wasn’t their night, but some of that had to do with the Sixers. Thaddeus Young came off the bench and was the most athletic guy on the floor, hitting 10-of-16 on his way to 21 points.

Trail Blazers 100, Spurs 92: No Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili or Tony Parker for the Spurs — all rested with injuries. Credit the Blazers for getting the win, but I’m surprised it was this close.

Wizards 100, Jazz 95 (OT): John Wall had 25 points in the first half, Jordan Crawford had 19 after the break, Mo Evans had 7 in the overtime. This was road win number two for the Wizards this season, break out the champagne.

Other key Knicks shooting worse since ‘Melo’s arrival

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Since Carmelo Anthony arrived with the Knicks, their offense overall has gotten nominally better. They had averaged 109.8 points per 100 possessions, now that is up to 110.4.

But they haven’t looked good doing it. (And the slightly better offense doesn’t make up for the much worse defense, especially in the fourth quarter. Which is why the Knicks are losing. A lot.)

Other key Knicks have seen their shooting percentages drop since Anthony’s arrival, points out OG Knicks blogger Mike Kurylo at Knickerblogger.

Amar’e Stoudemire has seen a decrease — his true shooting percentage (think points per shot taken, counting free throws and threes) is down 0.5 percent (57 to 56.5 percent) and his points produced per minute is off slightly, also. Landry Fields also has seen a 0.6 decrease in his true shooting percentage, but his points per minute are up slightly as he is getting more shots.

After that Shawne Williams, Ronny Turiaf and Bill Walker all have seen more dramatic drop offs in their shooting percentage and points per minute since Carmelo Anthony’s arrival.

The two players who have seen their numbers go up — Toney Douglas and Roger Mason Junior — both are coming off injuries so their improvement probably have more to do with getting healthy than improved offense.

Part of the problem in New York is that outside of Fields a lot of the guys being asked to do more are guys who played smaller roles before the Knicks traded away all their depth to get Anthony. But added to that is right now there is no flow to the Knicks offense — they play much slower and the ball sticks in the half court, not moving around. Come the playoffs — if they make it — the Knicks will be much easier to defend.

The reasons behind all this are not simple fixes. It doesn’t matter much this season, expectations were overblown for this year anyway, but next season the Knicks need to figure some things out. Because this is New York where expectations are always overblown.