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‘Melo does what ‘Melo does, but old guy Toney Douglas saves Knicks

Feb 24, 2011, 1:48 AM EDT

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Knicks fans, this is what you’re going to get from Carmelo Anthony.

He had 27 points and one assist. He shot 10 of 25 on the night and you’re saying, “He had a poor shooting night.” Not really, he had a pretty average shooting night for himself — he is shooting 45.2 percent from the floor this season. Take 25 shots and he’ll normally hit 11 or 12. He was only slightly below that.

But he can create his own shot, and he does not back down from the big moment.

With the Knicks up four and 1:20 left, Anthony got the ball 18-feet out along the baseline, drove baseline around Carlos Delfino like he wasn’t there for the dunk.

With 30 seconds left (after a hustling Toney Douglas rebound of a missed Chauncey Billups three), the ball again went to Anthony, this time on the wing. He drove middle, Andrew Bogut came early with the help, Anthony drove into his body then faded for a contested 15 footer. The net barely moved.

Those shots helped seal up a 114-108 win in ‘Melo’s New York debut. One he had without a team practice but still looked pretty comfortable with his new teammates. It was a win against a Bucks team that just seems to give the Knicks problems in recent year and made this one tough. It’s a win that’s good to have.

The real hero of this game for the Knicks was Douglas, the old man of the roster. Yes, old man. Sure, he is only in his second season at age 24. But as Knickerblogger notes, Douglass signed with the Knicks 20 months ago and as of tonight he is the longest tenured Knick.

Old man Douglas had 23 off the bench on 10-of-12 shooting and 3-of-5 from three. He had clutch buckets all night plus the rebound in crunch time. He was the Knicks real MVP.

We could nitpick this Knicks win. Their defense gave up 111.3 points per 100 possessions to a Bucks team with the worst offense in the league (scoring 101 points per 100 possessions on the season). We could discuss Chauncey Billups 4-of-12 shooting night. We could look at Andrew Bogut’s 14  and 12 and wonder what a better center would do to them.

But Wednesday was not about that.

Wednesday was a celebration of what basketball can be in New York. The electric energy in the building during introductions. The chants of “Me-lo, Me-lo.”

There is a long way to go with this Knicks team. A lot of questions to be answered. But the Knicks faithful got their first look at their newest hero in his new blue and orange jersey. They saw him hit the key shots in crunch time. They saw a win.

They saw hope.

  1. 1historian - Feb 24, 2011 at 7:12 AM

    One does not win a NBA Championship with a good game at home in front of a pumped-up crowd in NYC against the Milwaukee Bucks.

  2. leearmon - Feb 24, 2011 at 8:08 AM

    I think we also need to mention how well the Bucks play defense. The fact that the Knicks scored so well vs a strong defensive team just echoes a point I made in a previous post. Although New York’s defense is suspect (as we al know) when they play vs the top defenses in the league they almost always manage to shine. Vs Milwaukee they shot a TS% of 61.7!!!!! New York’s average is 55.9! Nate Silver wrote an interesting article on how Carmelo’s shooting results in a higher TS% for his teammates, and obviously there is reason to believe his thinking. Also, while you say Melo’s shooting is what Knicks fans can expect, you also failed to look at his rebounding. 10 rebounds from the SF position is always a huge plus. Clearly everyone is focused on Carmelo’s shooting and lack of defense, but somehow most writers and analyst always overlook his rebounding, which is sad considering his rebounding is one of the biggest assets he brings to New York.

    • leearmon - Feb 24, 2011 at 10:09 AM

      For some reason, if not logged on my post cannot be seen. Any ideas as to why this is?

  3. dayrunner9 - Feb 24, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    ya know what would help the knicks? a young, affordable, athletic center who can run, wont clog the lane and grab the occassional rebound. hey, is that mozgov kid available?
    nice job denver. maybe dolan should watch some of those over night poker shows. he can be on the phone at 2am as isiah takes his meds.

  4. 305phinphan - Feb 24, 2011 at 2:23 PM

    They still can’t compete with Miami’s big three so it’s really irrelevant.

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