So Carmelo Anthony, the NBA’s scoring champion, is 35-for-110 in his last four games. He’s missed 23 of his last 25 attempts from 3-point range.
Understandably, he’s the subject of much criticism these days.
The stat of the night Sunday: According to ESPN’s shot chart, Anthony was 3-for-12 on shots inside of four feet.
After watching the second-seeded Knicks against the third-seeded Pacers Sunday night, I believe Indiana has a better team. The Pacers lack a superstar, but the pieces — Roy Hibbert, David West, Paul George, George Hill, etc. — fit well. The Knicks will go as far as Anthony will take them.
That’s true for two reasons: Anthony dominates the ball, which takes Raymond Felton out of the halfcourt offense. And when Anthony doesn’t have the rock, J.R. Smith does. You can’t trust J.R. Smith.