On the surface, everything went according to plan for the New York Knicks Friday night in their season opening victory against the Miami Heat.
There wasn’t much not to like about the Knicks win. They got out to a lead, knocked down shots all game and turned in a great effort at the defensive end of the floor.
Carmelo Anthony turned in a nice night on the stat sheet as well, finishing with 30 points and 10 rebounds. He also nearly outscored the Heat in the first quarter. Miami had 17 first quarter points and Anthony had 16.
But looking deeper into the big opening night win, there was a lot not to like about Anthony’s night.
First, was the fact that he wasn’t efficient. Sure he scored 30 points, but did so on 10-of-28 shooting.
‘Melo swore in the offseason that he had changed, but the results would say he hasn’t.
I disagree with Anthony when he says the days of him scoring 30 points are over. The Knicks need him to score to win. I also don’t have any issue with him taking 28 shots, but they have to be smarter shot attempts. He still forced up too many bad shots . By comparison, while ‘Melo needed 28 shots to score 30 points, James Harden needed 19 attempts to score 45.
I love ‘Melo playing the 4 and think the Knicks are a much better team because of it, but he has to get himself in a habit of taking better shots.
The other negative part about Anthony’s 2012-13 debut was the fact that the ball stopped with him again.
He after the game about sharing and trusting each other, but ‘Melo can’t just say those things, he must buy in as well.
Jason Kidd and Raymond Felton did a great job of moving the basketball, but far too often the movement stopped again when the ball hit Anthony’s hands and he jacked up a contested shot.
If there was a message to send from this game, its show me, don’t tell me.
Anthony has said all of the right things since the end of last season, now it is time to do the right things.
Believe me, he knows the style of basketball he played last night is not conducive to winning a championship. The Knicks relied on the three last night and knocked down 52.8 percent of those attempts. That won’t be there for them every game.
Overall that’s just me nitpicking an area of what otherwise was a fantastic performance last night by everyone in a Knicks’ uniform.
However is that style of play going to beat a team like Miami in a seven-game series? Probably not.
But it’s only one game out of 82 and it is something Anthony needs to work on. If he does, judging by one game, this Knicks team could be very good.
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