With the NBA season approaching its final weeks, teams will tend to rely heavily on their stars to solidify their playoff standings. The New York Knicks are doing just that and riding the amazing hot streak of Carmelo Anthony to a top three seed in the Eastern Conference.
Anthony has been on absolute fire lately, scoring a total on 90 points in the last two games, first pouring in 50 against the Miami Heat before following that performance with a 40-point barrage on the Atlanta Hawks the very next game. Not only is Anthony scoring at an astronomical rate, but he’s also doing it efficiently. Anthony has shot a combined 35-53 from the field for a .660 percentage. That’s an unheard of conversion rate for a wing player.
The Knicks could use contributions in other areas from Anthony, but they will surely take his scoring for the time being. It’s not as if Anthony has only been hot lately, he’s been rolling for almost the entire season. Anthony is barely trailing Kevin Durant in search of his first ever scoring title, and with the Knicks still fighting to hold on to the second seed Anthony with have ample opportunity to catch and surpass Durant.
The Knicks will need for Anthony to continue to scoring as a high rate as they approach the playoffs. Amare Stoudemire is still out for a while and Tyson Chandler is as well, so with New York being shorthanded Anthony and J.R. Smith have to shoulder the load. If Anthony’s last two games are any indication, the Knicks should be just fine.