After hearing the news about Jeremy Lin’s knee surgery, I immediately began to think about how the Knicks can make the playoff push now that two of their starters (Amar’e and Lin) are out for the majority of the season. Call me crazy, but I still feel the Knicks can continue to play well enough to not only stay in the playoff race, but also climb up in the playoff standings.
First of all, the teams that we have ahead of us (Sixers, Celtics, Pacers, Hawks and Magic) are not that tough. Secondly, we have one of the best players in the NBA in Carmelo Anthony, who is starting to play at a high level. With the injuries to Amar’e and Lin, Melo has to put the team on his shoulders and he’s the type of player who lives for these types of opportunities. With all the criticism he’s been getting since the trade to the Knicks, he now has the opportunity to prove the critics wrong.
Finally, the Knicks have a deep and talented team. Carmelo is our leader and go-to guy, but we have other players (Chandler, Smith, Shumpert, Fields, Novak and Davis) who can step it up as well. Because of the injuries, Toney Douglas and Josh Harrelson will now have the opportunity to prove to the coach that they deserve to get quality minutes as well.
The injuries to Amar’e and Lin are a major downer, but we have guys who can step up and fill in for the time being. As for Melo, it’s his time to shine and put up MVP numbers. If you ask me, I feel Melo will live up to the hype.