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Fun matchups for Friday night: LeBron vs. ‘Melo at power forward

Nov 1, 2012, 1:58 PM EDT

Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James AP

We’ve pretty much worn out the discussion of the Miami Heat going small with LeBron James at the four.

The much more interesting discussion of late has been injuries forcing Mike Woodson to take the Knicks in a direction they were reluctant to go — small with Carmelo Anthony at the four.

Now, what do we get to see Friday night in the Knicks opener at Madison Square Garden? That’s right, LeBron vs. ‘Melo at the four. The Knicks are going small for sure, tweets Marc Berman of the New York Post.


Berman also said Woodson was tweaking the Knicks defensive rotations to keep LeBron in check. Or at least try to.

Oh, this is going to be fun.

‘Melo is going to get his points against anyone, including LeBron, the question is can he do it efficiently. If LeBron forces Anthony into 21-foot contested jumpers it’s going to be a long night in the Garden. If the Knicks want a better bet, Chris Bosh can’t handle Tyson Chandler on the roll so the Knicks should run a lot of Raymond Felton/Chandler pick-and-roll.

Of course, Bosh draws Chandler out of the paint on the other end, minimizing the impact of the Defensive Player of the Year. We can assume Ronnie Brewer will get time on Dwyane Wade. It makes for some fun matchups.

Make no mistake, the Heat players are better, play at a faster tempo and should win this game. But it’s going to be fun to watch.

  1. thenmoveback - Nov 1, 2012 at 2:16 PM


    • nycalldayz - Nov 1, 2012 at 6:58 PM


  2. miamatt - Nov 1, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    Should be great fun to watch. Miami ought to blow ’em out by the end, but any team with Carmelo Anthony will always have a puncher’s chance.

  3. acdc363 - Nov 1, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    Hopefully I have power by then!

    • dls612 - Nov 1, 2012 at 2:43 PM

      i hope u do too! im assuming you’re a victim of that hurricane if so I wish u and everyone that was affected the best.

  4. 4thquartermagic - Nov 1, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    Now that Lebron has won a ring and taken all the fun of rooting against him winning a ring (purely due to how he left his former team).

    I can now focus my rooting towards Melo choking in the playoffs.

    Hey, it’s the best thing i can hope for as a fan of a small market team.

  5. cantonbound13 - Nov 1, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    Kurt, you’ve pretty much worn out all possible stories about LeBron. We get it, you love him, enough already. There are 30 other teams in the league.

    • southbeachtalent - Nov 1, 2012 at 4:11 PM

      I’m convinced you’re a closet LeBron fan.

      • cantonbound13 - Nov 1, 2012 at 4:48 PM

        I’m convinced, you’re clueless.

  6. reupjosh - Nov 1, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    Totally ridiculous… Bloomberg cancels the Nets home opener tonight, yet he lets this game go on. Lame.

    • heat256 - Nov 1, 2012 at 5:08 PM

      I am surprised too, especially when PFT has a story of the Steelers being unable to find a hotel in NY for their game. Better to just reschedule or flip it and play the game in Miami.

  7. nycalldayz - Nov 1, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    Kurt, your obsession with Lebron and the Heat is beyond reach now. Readers get it, you’re a closet-case Lebron fan. Hold on, I didn’t know the Heat had real fans I thought they’re all Lebron fans?

    • eventhorizon04 - Nov 2, 2012 at 7:27 AM

      Yeah, why is Kurt writing about LeBron and Carmelo Anthony when there’s a Heat-Knicks game coming up?

      It makes NO sense, at all. He must be obsessed with those guys.

      • guyaneserj - Nov 2, 2012 at 9:31 AM


  8. michaeljordanseviltwin - Nov 1, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    I’ve been CENSORED!! :’-(

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