Melo: I need help from teammates

December, 15, 2013
12/15/13
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Here's Carmelo Anthony talking about what went wrong in the final minutes of the Knicks' loss to Boston on Friday.

"We all have to step up to those challenges. It's not every night I'm going to bail us out. We should know that," he said.

And here's Anthony talking about his teammates after last Wednesday's loss to Chicago.

"[Sometimes], they're just looking for me to make something happen," he said. "We've got to get away from that. We've got to get better at that. We will."

He's not exactly shouting it from the rooftop of his Manhattan high-rise, but Anthony's making it clear that he needs help from his teammates.

The Knicks offense clicked well in Saturday's win over Atlanta, but Anthony has a point.

J.R. Smith is averaging just 10.4 points per game after scoring 18.1 per night last season. Iman Shumpert has totaled eight points in his last 111 minutes on the court.

And you can't count on much offense from Pablo Prigioni.

Injuries, of course, have affected Anthony's supporting cast.

Tyson Chandler has been out since Nov. 5 with a broken leg. Raymond Felton has been in and out of the lineup with hamstring and hip issues.

And Anthony himself deserves some share of the blame here.

He's scoring nearly two points per game fewer than he did last season and shooting a a lower percentage from beyond the arc for the 7-16 Knicks.

But Anthony's teammates are giving him less offensive support this year than last year's group did.

Last season, all Knicks not named Anthony who played at least 14 minutes per game shot a combined 44.1 percent from the floor.

This season, all Knicks other than Anthony playing at least 14 minutes per game are shooting a combined 42.6 percent from the floor.

That's not a huge disparity.

But the Knick offense is relying more on Anthony this season than it did last year.

This year, the players averaging at least 14 minutes per game not named Anthony are scoring 70.6 percent of New York's total points. Last season, those players averaging more than 14 minutes totaled 75.8 percent of the Knicks' points.

To further Anthony's point, it seems like the Knicks are better off with a stronger supporting cast and a little less from Anthony.

The Knicks beat the Magic and Nets by more than 30 points apiece earlier this month. Anthony took a total of 22 shots in those wins.

Clearly, Anthony isn't throwing his teammates under the bus. But his words and actions show that he's looking for more support.

"I believe in [my teammates] just as much as they believe in me. They've got to know that," Anthony said earlier this week. "They've got to believe that and they've got to play ball coming down the stretch, too."

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Carmelo Anthony
PTS AST STL MIN
27.4 3.1 1.2 38.7
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsC. Anthony 8.1
AssistsP. Prigioni 3.5
StealsI. Shumpert 1.2
BlocksA. Bargnani 1.2