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Thursday, November 22, 2012
Opening Tip: Melo robbed by refs?

By Ian Begley

Carmelo Anthony
Is Carmelo Anthony getting a jaw, er, raw deal from the refs this season?
Every weekday throughout the season, ESPNNewYork.com will tackle a burning question about the New York Knicks in our "Opening Tip" segment.

Today's Burning Question: Is Carmelo Anthony getting treated fairly by the referees?


There were plenty of reasons the Knicks lost in Dallas on Wednesday.

They gave up 35 points in the third quarter, turned the ball over 14 times and allowed Dallas to shoot nearly 50 percent from the floor, including 45 percent from beyond the arc.

But did a couple of non-calls by the refs also hurt their cause?

The ball was in Melo's hands several times down the stretch as the Knicks attempted to bounce back from a 12-point deficit.

Twice, Anthony drew contact as he drove to the rim in the closing minutes. Both times, referees swallowed their whistle.

And the Knicks ultimately walked off the floor with their second loss of the year.

Neither the Knicks, nor coach Mike Woodson, complained about the non-calls after the loss. But they didn't have to. They said plenty with their body language after refs refused to blow their whistles.

Here's how it played out: Melo drove to the basket with about 2:20 to play and made a 180-degree circus layup that was called off due to a questionable offensive foul. Vince Carter slid over with Anthony in the air to draw the charge call. The Knicks were down five at the time.

Anthony also drove to the basket and took a shot to the face with 0:48 to play and the Knicks down 1. Shawn Marion swiped the ball before Anthony was hit by Chris Kaman and the refs swallowed their whistles.

Anthony has woofed at the refs several times this season after not getting calls. He already has a league-high four technical fouls for arguing. It's clear that he's not yet getting star treatment from the officials. But, based on league averages, it should be noted that Anthony's making his fair share of trips to the line.

Entering play Wednesday, Anthony ranked fifth in the league with 6.6 free-throw attempts per game.

He's behind Kobe Bryant, James Harden, Kevin Durant and Dwight Howard, which makes sense.

Anthony was also 10th in the league with 59 overall attempts.

Prior to the Dallas game, Anthony was getting fouled on 14 percent of his attempts. That rate is consistent with what we've seen in the past few years. He went to the line on 12.8 percent of his shot attempts last season, 14 percent in 2010-2011 and 14.5 percent in 2000-10.

Question: But based on his reaction to calls, what you've seen thus far this season and what you witnessed late Wednesday night, does Anthony deserve more foul calls? Is he being treated fairly by officials?

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