Considering it might have been their most crushing, frustrating loss of the season — and you have eight others to choose from! — it's probably important to remember that the Knicks played better in their Saturday night loss to the Denver Nuggets than they have in a couple of weeks now. The offense ran more smoothly, the supporting cast was more, uh, supportive (particularly a recently resurgent Landry Fields), and the crowd (which apparently hasn't been helping) was at its full-throated, glorious best. Then the Knicks lost in double overtime — while Danilo Gallinari and Timofey Mosgov combined for 52 points — and next thing you knew, the Knicks had lost six in a row and Carmelo Anthony was getting all emotional.
Seriously, it's downright disturbing to hear Carmelo saying things like this:
Maybe I need to not take so many shots. Maybe I should take the blame for the games we've been losing, offensive struggles. Coach does run the offense through me. So I'll take it. I'll take that blame. Maybe it's a time to reevaluate everything, reevaluate my body, sit with the trainers, see whats going on, he said. I'm kind of hard-headed as far as them telling me to sit out games. I don't really know how to take that. Maybe its time to reevaluate that.
We don't know about you, but we could do without Emo Carmelo.
That said, he's of course right: The Knicks' recent implosion coincides with the sudden collapse of Carmelo's shooting percentage, perhaps because of the niggling injuries that might force him to miss the next two games in Charlotte and Cleveland. But the issues with the Knicks right now still feel more mental than physical, which is probably why Carmelo and Amar'e Stoudemire, who continues to struggle himself, are gonna have a sit-down. Of course, this is on the heels of one of those famous Post anonymous sources who sees nothing but discord:
According to a source familiar with the situation, Anthony has been too obsessed with his points and Stoudemire is too concerned with Anthony taking over the team. There’s also too much finger-pointing, according to the source.
We think that's more of a byproduct of six straight losses: It's not like Amar'e, or anybody else, didn't know who Carmelo was before he got here. But when you've lost six in a row, and you're about to go on the road for four games (including one against LeBron and the Heat), and the fans are booing the superstar every time he misses a shot ... well, we're not sure there's enough finger-pointing, to be honest.
The Knicks are 6-10, a half-game behind Boston for the eighth playoff spot. There is obviously a long, long season to go. As difficult as it might be to see right now, the seeds of the Knicks' resurgence — particularly with Baron Davis set to make his debut on Saturday — are there. This team shouldn't be a disaster the rest of the way. They just gotta figure it out. Now would be a good time to start. Well, actually, last week would have been a good time to start. But now will work. Now better work.