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Carmelo Anthony questionable against Nets tonight, but not if Mike Woodson has anything to say about it

Apr 15, 2014, 11:44 AM EST

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Carmelo Anthony is having, arguably, the best season of his career. He’s battled nearly every game for a bad team, laying it all out on the line.

Even if Melo leaves New York in free agency this summer, he would have given the Knicks their money’s worth this year.

How often does a star in obvious pain play his final games for a team already eliminated from the playoff race? Melo has every right just to call it a season.

Mike Woodson will try to make him do just that.

That Melo is even questionable is incredible. I don’t know what he’s trying to prove, but I commend him for it. My respect for him as a competitor has never been higher, and he’s frequently raised the bar throughout the season.

Just look at what he’s dealing with.

Here are Melo’s win shares (blue) and his teammates’ estimated win shares (orange)*:

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He has done more than ever this season as his teammates have done less.

*Teammates’ estimated win shares are team wins minus Melo’s win shares. All seasons normalized to 82-game schedule.

After they play the Nets tonight, the Knicks close their season against the Raptors tomorrow. There’s no logical reason Melo should play either game.

But, obviously, that doesn’t mean Melo is done.

  1. davidly - Apr 15, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    He better play. Their third lineal title this season is at stake. Or maybe he should just rest for up Toronto so that he can put the Chicago in the Miami’s bracket.

  2. casualcommenter - Apr 15, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    It’s illogical for Carmelo to play any more. The Knicks are out of the playoff hunt, so wins don’t help the Knicks achieve anything. In addition, Carmelo has an injured shoulder, and assuming the Knicks keep him this offseason, his team would benefit far more from protecting him from further injury the next 2 games than meaningless potential wins with the Knicks locked into the 9th seed in the East.

    Carmelo proved his competitiveness by playing through the shoulder injury back when the games still meant something. Now that the games are near meaningless, it’s better for himself and the Knicks for him to make decisions with an eye towards next year.

  3. cantonb0und13 - Apr 15, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    Knicks should just tank. Oh wait… They don’t have a 1st round pick. Can this team do anything right?

    • cantonbound13 - Apr 15, 2014 at 4:13 PM

      Coward

  4. chargerdillon - Apr 15, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    I cannot for the life of me see Phil Jackson coming to the Knicks to build a championship contender around Anthony.

    Anthony has shown himself to be a good player but not a great player. No matter what team you put him on if you want it to be a championship contender, Anthony is neither 1A or 1B on that team.

    Just like Dwight Howard made the right move for his career, Anthony can make the same for his by going to Chicago. Anywhere else he has to do too much and simply is not the player that can do that.

    • unxpexted1 - Apr 15, 2014 at 4:43 PM

      When has Anthony had somebody of 1A or 1B caliber beside him? Has he underachieved,yes? But lets not act like his teams have been preseason favorites because of the talent on them.

  5. icanhazblogs - Apr 15, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    Headline redraft: Carmelo Anthony questionable against Nets tonight, Mike Woodson agrees

    or

    Carmelo Anthony questionable against Nets tonight, Mike Woodson wants to shut him down for the year

  6. sportsfan18 - Apr 15, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    Melo was done playing for the Knicks when he signed with them…

    The regular season isn’t much. I mean 16 teams make the postseason and only 14 teams don’t…

    It’s the postseason where careers are made and MANY retired HOF players have made comments to this effect…

    Since Melo has been on the Knicks, here is how they’ve done in the 2nd season…

    7 wins and 14 losses for a playoff winning percentage of 33%

    And how has Melo himself performed for the Knicks in the playoffs you ask?

    Melo has averaged .404% shooting from the field in the playoffs for the Knicks…

    Melo has averaged .297% shooting from 3 pt range in the playoffs for the Knicks…

    He’s shot so poorly in the playoffs with the Knicks that his true shooting percentage is LESS than 50% as it’s only .496%

    He’s fearless in the playoffs with the Knicks… a fearless gunner that is…

    clink, clank, clunk…

    I wonder if this is what the Knicks organization and fans thought they would be getting when Melo signed with them?

    I’m guessing it’s not…

    • unxpexted1 - Apr 15, 2014 at 4:45 PM

      Dude’s career in the postseason is very similar to KG’s career. consistently making the playoffs and losing in the first town with one WCF run. KG career didn’t take a turn until the backside of his career when he was able to link up with 2 HOF’ers. And the teams that KG were on that lost in the first round were MUCH more talented than any team Melo has been on.

      • sportsfan18 - Apr 15, 2014 at 6:16 PM

        OK unexpexted1

        I’m gonna look at you’ve piqued my curiosity.

        Melo’s postseason career vs. Garnett’s

        I’ll be back with info in a while.

        I have no idea how this will play out.

      • sportsfan18 - Apr 16, 2014 at 12:31 AM

        unexpexted1

        valid points you brought up.

        KG, with only the Wolves had a 36% playoff winning percentage which is only a tad better (basically the same) as Melo’s 33% winning percentage with the Knicks in the playoffs…

        Other than Melo’s TERRIBLE shooting with the Knicks in the playoffs, the other parts of his game were about the same level he usually played at.

        KG did NOT have a huge drop off in shooting like Melo did and he pretty much performed in the playoffs like he usually did.

        But, when ADDING the playoffs with Boston, it changes KG’s playoff history as his career playoff winning percentage climbs OVER .500 including ALL of the Wolves playoff losses.

        Now, Melo was with Denver (meaning not only the dysfunctional Knicks).

        Comparing the ENTIRE playoff history of KG and Melo instead of just their time with the knicks and wolves and there is a big difference, not the least of all the title Boston won.

    • cruzan80 - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:46 AM

      sportsfan7

      unexpected1 made his point pretty simple without having to involve all those worthless stats.

      His point was KG had a piss poor playoff win % too….until he joined a better TEAM (see I can use caps too).

      Melo has NEVER played with anyone as good as 2008 Ray Allen & Paul Pierce…EVER.

      You’re a clear cut hater so you can talk about all Melo’s stats til your blue in the face….why don’t you look up YOUR favorite player (Kevin Love) PLAYOFF stats?????

      I’ve been looking all over but I’ve had less success than Melo in the playoffs…go figure.

      Anyways, good luck unexpected1 trying to make a LOGICAL argument with this HATER….

  7. eugenesaxe1 - Apr 15, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    Dude shouldn’t even dress. I don’t like anything about him, but he did put his heart into it this year (basically a contract year).

  8. dablakdrphil - Apr 15, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    Phil Jackson or not unless some miracle trades happen I honestly feel Carmelo should leave the knicks. He should learn from Dwight Howard, Lebron James and Chris Bosh. All of these players took less money to play with other superstars. Since Melo is now 30 he shouldn’t have to be the guy to carry a whole team by himself. All that wear and tear and he’s an 11 year pro. I feel Melo gets ripped unnecessarily when it should be managment that should get ripped for making dumb moves. Anthony should leave to where he can play with another superstar and get some much needed help.

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