Thursday, February 13, 2014
Melo: It'll be tough to enjoy All-Star break
By Ian Begley
NEW YORK -- Carmelo Anthony's going to have at tough time enjoying his All-Star break.
A game that Anthony said the Knicks had to win ended like so many others have this season -- Melo and his team walking off the Garden floor to boos after another disappointing loss. The only thing unique about Wendesday is that the Knicks were playing one of the worst teams in the league.
"It's a tough loss to swallow," Anthony said dropped a winnable game at home to the Kings in overtime. "Just couldn’t get it done. Missed opportunities."
A lot of those missed opportunities came with the ball in Anthony's hands.
Melo had a chance to win the game for the Knicks at the end of regulation. But his 16-footer clanged off the back of the rim.
That miss left him at 1-for-12 this season on shots that can tie or win a game with under 30 seconds to play.
Afterward, Mike Woodson suggested Anthony should have taken the ball to the basket.
"I thought maybe he could have gone a lot quicker off the dribble with it and tried to force the issue and put it on the officials," Woodson said.
Anthony's night just got worse as the game dragged on.
He started overtime with a missed layup and then misfired on all five of his attempts in the extra session.
"I missed an open three, missed a wide open layup, missed an open 15-footer. I just didn’t convert those opportunities and it cost us tonight," Anthony said after playing the entire second half and overtime.
All the misses led to another inexcusable Knicks loss in a season full of them. Wednesday's may have been the worst, though.
The Kings took the Garden floor as one of five teams in the NBA with a poorer record than the Knicks. They'd lost seven straight road games before playing the Knicks and hit just 41 percent of their shots in that span.
That's why Anthony declared the game against Sacramento as a must-win.
"We gotta win. We gotta win tomorrow. We have to win," Carmelo said Tuesday. "There’s nothing more than that. We have to win,"
That didn't happen. Now, the same black cloud that's followed the Knicks for much of the season will hover over them into the second half.
Wednesday's loss left the Knicks 12 games under .500 and 2 1/2 games back of Charlotte for eighth place in the Eastern Conference.
"I didn’t expect to be in this situation that we’re in right now. If somebody would have told us that before the season I’d have put any amount of money that they were lying," Anthony said. "But we’re in this situation right now and we’ve got to figure how to fight through it."
The Knicks' "situation" is going to take most of the joy out of All Star weekend for Anthony, who will start for the Eastern Conference on Sunday.
"It's going to be tough to kind of get into everything that is going on," Anthony said. "But once I get down there and see friends and see family, kind of not think about this for a couple of days, maybe it will change."