Melo will shoot the Knicks into the next round…or shoot them to summer vacation

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.

Carmelo Anthony (Getty Images)

Carmelo Anthony (Getty Images)

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.

You can read my take from Sunday here.