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Carmelo Anthony dealing with shoulder injury could be the end of Knicks slim playoff hopes

Apr 5, 2014, 6:30 PM EDT

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Time is running out on the Knicks and their playoff chances, and a task that was already difficult is going to be nearly impossible without Carmelo Anthony playing at full strength.

New York had put together a desperation run as of late, winning 12 of its last 15 games before dropping a close one at home to the Wizards on Friday. The loss put them technically only one game out of the eighth spot in the East, but they trail Atlanta now by two games in the loss column.

Losing to Washington on one of the game’s final possessions isn’t a crime, as the Wizards are firmly in the postseason picture themselves. But it was disturbing in that New York largely played great, getting huge games from J.R. Smith and Amar’e Stoudemire.

The problem was Anthony, who finished with just 10 points and nine turnovers, likely due to attempting to play through an injured right shoulder.

From Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN New York:

 X-rays on Anthony’s shoulder were negative, and the Knicks expect him to play Sunday at Miami. …

Anthony said he first suffered the injury during the Knicks’ win over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night.

“Today was just the lingering effect on it,” said Anthony, who shot 5 of 14 from the field and missed all four of his 3-point attempts. “I just felt it just gave [out]. Throughout the course of the game, there was no strength in it — on the passes, causing turnovers, things like that. Hopefully, I’ll be all right.” …

“Well, I knew it was bothering him,” Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. “But you know, we’ve got to have Melo on the floor. … But it was bothering him. I knew that. He has nine turnovers, that’s not Carmelo.”

And that’s the issue right there.

The Knicks have to have Anthony on the floor, and have no shot at winning the last five games of the season — all of which are against Eastern Conference playoff teams, with the next one Sunday in Miami — with him performing the way he did against the Wizards.

It feels like time has run out on the Knicks and their playoff chances. Anthony gutting out the remainder of the season at less than 100 percent would make it official.

  1. lakerade - Apr 5, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    Phil will bring the 2010 Lakers to your aid, Melo!

    • bigtymeusa - Apr 6, 2014 at 12:58 PM


    • bigtymeusa - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:00 PM

      Is this shoulder by any chance the SAME shoulder injured in the playoffs, that WOOFY ignored and went to iso Melo 90% anyway?

  2. sportsfan18 - Apr 5, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    Just in time!

    Now Melo will have an “excuse” for his poor postseason shooting.

    In 66 career playoff games, MeBrick is only shooting .424% from the field.

    He’s only shooting .320% from 3 pt land in his 66 career playoff games.

    For the Knicks, in 21 postseason games, he’s only shooting .404% from the field.

    In those 21 playoff games on the Knicks, MeBrick is only shooting .297% from 3 pt land.

    Oh, and Melo’s teams have only won a third of those 66 games he’s played in.

    Two yrs ago, when Melo played in his 50th career postseason game, he set the record for the lowest winning percentage of anyone who had played that many games in the 20 seasons.

    What does this mean? It means if you’re on an NBA team and you’re in the playoffs and you look around your locker room and see that Melo is on the team, you’re gonna lose two thirds of the time…

    The quote below is from a May 2012 article after Melo played his 50th career playoff game.

    “But lost amid the Knicks’ swoon is that Carmelo Anthony has been setting an individual record for postseason futility. The Wall Street Journal noted after New York’s first loss in the series that it was Anthony’s 50th career playoff game, and that he had the worst won-loss percentage of anyone to make that many postseason appearances in the last 20 years.

    Since then, Anthony has been in two more playoff defeats, leaving him with a 16-36 (.308) career record.”

    The article I took this from is here.

    Never fear Knicks fans, if your team makes the playoffs, Melo’s ENTIRE postseason history is that he will shoot much worse from the field and that he’ll lose two thirds of the postseason games he plays in.

    Better luck next yr Knicks fans… maybe he’ll sign elsewhere (it won’t happen but I so I wish the Lakers would sign him…)

  3. eugenesaxe1 - Apr 5, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    If the Knicks need 10 points and 9 TOs, they’re buggered.

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