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Game 2 of the Melo era in New York did not go as planned

Feb 26, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

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Days after the Knicks downed the Bucks in Madison Square Garden to kick off the Carmelo Anthony era in, well, decent style if not glamor, things have taken a turn for the worse.  The Knicks were beaten by the Cavaliers Friday night before they meet the Heat on Sunday.

Yes, the Cavaliers.

Yes, those Cavaliers.

The reason? I’ll tell you. Are you ready? Because you’re never going to believe it. This will literally knock your socks off. That’s not an expression. I’m actually saying your socks will be blown off of your feet. You might want to get some slippers. Here it is.

The defense was horrible.

I know, right? Who could have seen that coming? It’s a bigger twist ending than (insert twist ending here).

Okay, I’m done. Anyway, even for a Mike D’Antoni team, even for a Knicks team, the defense was outrageously bad last night. The Cavs average a 101.9 efficiency mark (points per 100 possessions, estimated), and the Knicks allow a 109.9. The Knicks allowed a 110 efficiency for the Cavaliers. Which is the Knicks average, yes, but that factors in good teams and average teams. Not terrible teams like the Cavs. If the Cavs are slicing and dicing, you have a serious problem. The Cavs don’t slice and dice anyone.

(Or maybe they do. The Cavaliers now have wins over the Laker and Knicks in the last week and a half. But still. It’s the Cavs.)

Carmelo Anthony actually complained of an elbow injury afterwards, but the biggest reason, again, was defense. And with the super-shortened rotation the Knicks are dealing with at this point, there aren’t many options.

Not exactly how we thought the Melo would era would start, even those with doubts.

  1. azv321 - Feb 26, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    What’s with elite wing players complaining of elbow injuries in Cleveland?

  2. yankeesjetsknicksrangers - Feb 26, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    I watched the game, and although they were out rebounded the obvious reason for the loss was the discontinuity on the offense, looked like a pick up game. I think they shot somewhere in the 30’s for FG% in the second half.

  3. savocabol1 - Feb 26, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    The Cavs put a serious beat down on the Knicks and you guys still find a way to dog them while giving them ZERO props for beating the next “superstar” team. Gotta love this site!

  4. denverhoopdreams - Feb 26, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    I wish they’d at least post about how Gallinari posted up 30 and the Nuggets went into one of thier closest games with Portland at Portland in years, went into OT, lost by 1, and they did this all on a back to back, with a new team, getting in at 4am…

    HMMMM. I’d like to say the Nuggets could handle the Knicks at any point if they were to play again this season. To bad they wont… ELBOW injuries. psht, more complaints plz Melo.

    • denverhoopdreams - Feb 26, 2011 at 12:35 PM

      I’m also sick of how people(not PBT) said that the Celtics were playing with a depeted bench and were upset they lost Perkins and thats why they had trouble. BS…. Act like the Nuggets weren’t playing with a new squad, and act like they aren’t upset Billups is gone. COME ON…!!!!

      • denverhoopdreams - Feb 26, 2011 at 2:17 PM

        5 thumbs down from Celtic fans. NICE!

  5. atmanne - Feb 26, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    Look at it this way: in the last few weeks, the Cavs have played about as well as they played at the beginning of the season (mediocre, inconsistent, but not historically awful). I think fans need to stop acting like losing to a bad team signals the end of the world. It happens.

    • denverhoopdreams - Feb 26, 2011 at 12:36 PM

      The reason the Cavs won was apparent, the Knicks can’t play defense, and if they’re off on offense they wont outscore the other team. The Knicks looked like crap last night.

  6. dysraw1 - Feb 26, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    hey the cavs have our number it happens. weve got 2 get stronger defensivly , protect amare & melo from foul problems even though on real defensive mind would figure out how 2 use theyre 12 fouls 2

  7. dansullivan82 - Feb 26, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    I watched parts of the game and gotta give props to the Cavs for winning this one.From what I saw Amare couldn’t be stopped,but then noone could stay with Sessions which signals the same problem Miami has with Boston,Rondo.I like what NY can do though and think once they all get on the same page they’ll be nasty.

  8. jstrizzle - Feb 26, 2011 at 9:46 PM

    Armelo Can’thony

  9. 1historian - Feb 27, 2011 at 8:47 AM

    I like it when the nix lose because their fans, in the proud tradition of ALL new york fans, are obnoxious, and proud of it. the fact that they haven’t won it all in 38 years is just icing on the cake. Since that day in 1973 the Celts have won 6 titles, the Bulls have won 6 titles, the Lakers (booo!) have won at least 8 (don’t have the figures in front of me) and even the Warriors have won one, and the bullets, the blazers, houston, etc.

    The nix – nada

    I like that

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