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Randy Foye blocks Carmelo Anthony’s shot at the buzzer, Knicks lose eighth straight (VIDEO)

Nov 30, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

The Knicks battled back from a 10-point fourth quarter deficit in Denver on Friday, and had a chance to send the game into overtime in the final possession of regulation.

Carmelo Anthony waived off the screen and went to an isolation set against Randy Foye, and given the fact that Anthony had a good four-inch height advantage over his defender, backing him down and then turning for the fadeaway didn’t seem like a terrible idea.

But Foye rose to the occasion quite literally, getting a piece of Anthony’s shot and the result was a 97-95 win for the Nuggets that sent New York to its eighth straight loss.

From Marc Berman of the New York Post:

“I didn’t get it done,’’ Anthony said in a rare moment of taking full blame for a loss. “That’s it. My teammates did a great job of getting us in that position, giving me a chance to tie a game or go for the win. I didn’t pull through tonight. I’ll take that one.’’ …

“Once I looked and saw I had a smaller guy on me, my thing was just to shoot over him. I know what I wanted to do and the spot I wanted to get to. It just didn’t happen. I didn’t complete the mission today.’’

The Knicks are 3-12 on the season, and in the West that might be too big of a hole to overcome in terms of being able to string together enough wins to earn a spot in the playoffs.

But the East is so dreadful that despite the horrific start, New York finds itself just three games out of first place in the Atlantic Division, currently led by a Raptors team that owns a record of 6-9.

  1. legend30 - Nov 30, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    … That’s Knicks basketball ladies and gentleman.

    • pbtunpaidwriter - Nov 30, 2013 at 4:33 PM

      “Carmelo says get outta here.” LOL

      Not only does everyone know who’s taking the shot, but he ran the clock down all the way to the point where Foye knew exactly when he was going to shoot so he could time his contest perfectly and he did just that and he blocked it.

      Otherwise it’s nearly impossible for anyone, let alone someone of Foye’s height to block the much bigger Melo.

      The Knicks had the ball with around 17 seconds. If he took a shot at the top of the key with around 8-9 seconds left, they’d have a chance to get an offensive rebound or foul the terrible FT shooting Nuggets and have a chance at another possession.

      Their execution down the stretch was horrible.

  2. zickhead - Nov 30, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    I think everyone saw that coming. With Carmelo there is no team, it’s always just about him and that final shot was no different. HE wanted to make the game thing shot.

    • casualcommenter - Nov 30, 2013 at 10:31 AM

      I’m a big critic of Carmelo Anthony, but he made a smart basketball play.
      Teams run plays involving screens, multiple passes, etc. not for the sake of aesthetics. They do it to create mismatches and put strain on the opposing defense.

      Basically, Carmelo say he ALREADY had a mismatch, and he aborted the attempt to set the pick since he already had a favorable matchup. He was able to to back down his guy from 18 feet out to basically the low post, and he took what is a high-percentage jumper for him. That was the type of look coaches would design plays to create, but Carmelo was able to create it for himself.

      Michael Jordan did a lot of iso-basketball, especially in late game situations, and he did pretty okay career-wise. It’s smart basketball if you have a mismatch.

      • sportsfan18 - Nov 30, 2013 at 2:10 PM

        Thing is, Melo thinks any jumper he takes is a high percentage one and well, his shooting percentages tell a different story…

        This was yet another game where Melo’s shooting percentage dragged the teams shooting percentage down. He does that a lot, too much for a supposed max level star.

        He shot 36% for the game and without him, the rest of the Knicks shot 42%.

      • knightrider1755 - Dec 1, 2013 at 10:17 AM

        Carmelo Anthony is no Michael Jordan.

    • pbtunpaidwriter - Nov 30, 2013 at 8:10 PM

      It’s funny, back in Cleveland, Lebron was criticized for passing to a wide open Donyell Marshall to take the last shot. It was the right play but Marshall missed it. Lebron never heard the end of it.

      With Lebron at the end of the game you never know who’s going to shoot. Melo’s gotta trust his teammates.

  3. casualcommenter - Nov 30, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    One of the most annoying “features” of this site is it’s frankly dumb comment filter.

    If you type up a comment with a few sentences describing why you like/dislike a particular play, it gets caught by the filter and doesn’t show up.

    If you type a 1 sentence, “DURRRRR, the Knicks/Heat/Lakers/etc. SUCKKKKK,LOL” comment, it’s approved and gets posted.

    • jimeejohnson - Dec 1, 2013 at 12:18 PM

      You mad, bro?

  4. beach305 - Nov 30, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    You look at the box score and see that camelo shot for 27 points and you think he had a good game. Then you look a little closer and find out he was 8 for 22 from the field.

    Perception

    The era of the high volume shooter is dead. You need to be efficient in today’s NBA.

    • sportsfan18 - Nov 30, 2013 at 2:21 PM

      Bingo! I’d give this 20 thumbs up if I could.

      Melo is not efficient on offense and he plays no defense to speak of yet he’s a max player.

      He scores a lot because he shoots a lot. It takes him way too many shots to get his points.

      Year-to-date stats so far this season:

      Melo

      .422 FG% .293 3 pt percentage .825 FT %

      The Great Bargnani

      .471 FG% .353 3 pt percentage .811 FT%

      I’ve posted and compared their stats a few times before and it’s been this way all year. They’ve played over 18% of their games. In 2 more games, the Knicks will have played over 20% of their season. Not good.

      Of course Melo is better than the “great Bargnani”. I used that as sarcasm folks.

  5. homergreenz - Nov 30, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    I think this just about sums up the Knicks’ season so far:

    http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/Randy-Foye-454/

    Height with shoes: 6′ 3.25″
    Wingspan: 6′ 6.25″

    http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/Carmelo-Anthony-1520/

    Height with shoes: 6′ 7.5″
    Wingspan: 7′ 0″

    25% of the regular season has been played and the Celtics have won as many games as the Knicks and Nets…Did anyone come close to predicting this?

    • somekat - Nov 30, 2013 at 12:40 PM

      25% of the season has been played?

      NBA plays a 62 game season now?

      Math not your strong point, huh?

      • homergreenz - Nov 30, 2013 at 2:09 PM

        I made an error. You, however, are obviously infallible and the most clever person in the history of the internet.

    • leahcima1 - Nov 30, 2013 at 4:14 PM

      I don’t have a horse in this race other than I am a fan of NBA basketball. Having said that, Melo being blocked by a guy that is at a ten inch disadvantage is just so typical of his mediocrity. Anyone who sees him as a top twenty five NBA player has to be completely blinded by his love for the Knicks. It’s alright to be a Spike Lee but don’t display your ignorance and embarrass your self like Lee. You can’t defend him. And don’t delude yourself to think he will lead you to the promised land. Sad, very sad.

      • knightrider1755 - Dec 1, 2013 at 10:24 AM

        To Knicks fans your comment is sacrilegious. To them, Carmelo is a god.

      • leahcima1 - Dec 1, 2013 at 11:09 AM

        knightrider1755 my guess is that to G-d Knicks fans are sacrilegious.

  6. homergreenz - Nov 30, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    The Nets and Knicks still suck…

    • drewzducks - Nov 30, 2013 at 4:35 PM

      That goes without saying.

    • jimeejohnson - Dec 1, 2013 at 12:19 PM

      That’s your team, Cantun*a*s!

  7. drewzducks - Nov 30, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    Looks like Dolan is doing Woody Allen a favor.

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