In the aftermath of putting on a showcase of skills in a victory over one of theNBA‘s best in the Oklahoma City Thunder, Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks look as if nothing can stop them at the moment. The Knicks are now on a 12 game winning streak behind the elite play of Anthony and some help from their bench.
Over his last four games specifically — all against playoff teams — Anthony has averaged close to 42 points per game. He has shot the ball at 52%, 61%, 63%, and 69% in those contests, respectively. It appears he has chosen the perfect time to play his best basketball of the season. In their 12 game winning streak he has looked unstoppable, scoring at will.
Sunday, Anthony also got some help from the role players on his team. J.R. Smith put up 22 points, seven rebounds and four assists off the bench. Jason Kidd ended with 14 points, six rebounds and two steals. Backup forward Chris Copeland chipped in 13 points, three rebounds and three assists along with a block. Starters Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton also finished scoring in double figures, making it six players total for the Knicks.
In a 36 point effort Sunday, Anthony continues to prove that he is arguably the best scorer in the league when he puts his mind to it. Other guys like LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are absolutely deserving of being in the argument. But at this point in the season, Anthony is stealing the show and certainly needs to be high up on everyone’s MVP list.
Today, he established himself as the best player in the game against two of those scorers I mentioned previously, Westbrook and Durant. Both are excellent at getting to the basket, Durant being a more solid spot up shooter. However, there is something inside Anthony that has the ability to turn on at any point which certainly gives him the look of one of the all-time greats.
Anthony can do absolutely anything you ask of him. To an opposition, he is a nightmare to defend. If he wants to play around the perimeter and spot up for three, he can and he will. If he wants to beat you off the dribble, he will. If he wants to beat you without the ball in his hands and eventually score off of a screen or cut to the hoop, he will. If he wants to post you up, he will do that as well.
His arsenal is something to be deathly afraid of if you are a team like the Miami Heat or Indiana Pacers. Heck, let’s put the Chicago Bulls in that conversation as well. Though (at full health) these teams can be considered elite defensively, Anthony has all of the weapons to take advantage of them.
Heading into the playoffs, the one team in the Eastern Conference I do not want to face at the moment is Anthony’s Knicks. Not even the Heat look as scary as New York does at the moment. With only a few games left before the start of the postseason, Anthony appears to be getting in a frightening rhythm at the absolute perfect time. Watch out, LeBron. Somebody wants the king dethroned.