Friday evening the New York Knicks and Carmelo Anthony fell even deeper into the abyss, dropping their eighth straight game to the Denver Nuggets. Melo, who missed the game-tying shot at the buzzer, took the blame upon himself for not pulling the game out.
“I didn’t get it done,’’ Anthony said in a rare moment of taking full blame for a loss. “That’s it. My teammates did a great job of getting us in that position, giving me a chance to tie a game or go for the win. I didn’t pull through tonight. I’ll take that one.’’
“Once I looked and saw I had a smaller guy on me, my thing was just to shoot over him. I know what I wanted to do and the spot I wanted to get to. It just didn’t happen. I didn’t complete the mission today.’’
With only seconds left in the game, Melo had a great chance to create a look for himself. He was isolated in the post against a significantly smaller Randy Foye, who forced the scoring champion into a tough turnaround shot which ended up as an airball.
It’s nice to see Melo step up into the shoes of a leader and take the blame for the loss, but it’s not going to help the Knicks right now. The team lacks chemistry and with Tyson Chandler out, things are quickly getting out of hand. Even though we are only 15 games into this season, the Knicks have dug themselves into a 3-12 hole, with only the Milwaukee Bucks behind them.