Carmelo Anthony led the New York Knicks to an overtime victory over the Boston Celtics last night. Anthony finished with a team high 23 points, and chipped in 4 rebounds. ‘Melo played 24 minutes, going 7-16 from the field (1-4 3PT).
Anthony will be a deciding factor as to whether the Knicks will be able to make a playoff push this season. Although it is just the preseason, he is showing that he will do whatever it takes to get the job done while he is put there. New York was +7 while Anthony was on the court, in comparison to Raymond Felton (+1) or Tyson Chandler (+5), who are typically known to be more “team players,” than ‘Melo. In the off season, Anthony told reporters that he wants to become a, “better teammate,” and, “[is] done trying to score 30, 35, 40 points a night.” The Knicks will need their superstar to put up points, but not at the expense of his teammates. Knicks fans are hoping to see more efficient shooting nights, like the game against Boston, in the 2012-2013 regular season.
Once the game went into overtime, the outcome was left to the reserves of both benches. Steve Novak led the Knicks in playing time for the second game in a row, contributing 38 minutes off the bench. The sharp shooter was able to score 9 points on just 4-11 (1-6 3PT) shooting. In the Knicks first game against the Washington Wizards, Novak led the team with 21 points on 7-7 3PT.
With Novak struggling, rookie F Chris Copeland added 21 in the winning effort. Copeland received an invitation to the Knicks training camp after performing well on the summer league team. The 6’8 Colorado native could provide the Knicks with interior scoring, which is an area that they are weak outside of A’mare Stoudemire.
The Knicks are now 2-0 in the preseason after victories over the Wizards and Celtics. New York’s next match-up is against the Toronto Raptors at 7:00pm in Montreal, Canada. It is worth noting that former Knick, and fan favorite, Landry Fields will face his old team for the first time after signing with the Raptors in the off season.
Prediction: Knicks def. Raptors +10
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