Written by Matt Adwar – @theknicksguy
Carmelo Anthony did not have much to say after the New York Knicks blew another fourth quarter lead.
“Were just not getting it done,” he said.
The New York Knicks held a 6-point lead going into the fourth quarter but were not able to hold on as they were outscored 24-12 in the fourth quarter. Carmelo Anthony only had 4 points in the second half after contributing 22 in the first half.
Derek Fisher did not blame any player but chose to blame himself after the crucial loss.
I have to do a better job of putting guys in position to be successful out there,”
Fisher did not say anyone specific but it is clear that he has not figured out the rotation just yet. In the final two minutes Porzingis and Lopez were left out for Lance Thomas and Lou Amundson, an interesting choice.
The Knicks missed 17 out of their 21 shots in the fourth quarter.
Carmelo Anthony was 1-6 in the fourth quarter.
Jose Calderon was -12 with 4 turnovers, the most by any player in the game
Lance Thomas had 0 points and was a -9.
Some positive and some negative things to take away from this loss. The first positive is Aaron Afflalo is starting to look like he is ready to be the second guy behind Carmelo. He had 14 points on 6-13 shooting with 4 assists. Lebron James played great with 31 points, but it was Mo Williams that also really hurt the Knicks adding 20 points. Calderon is really hurting this team defensively and it was a positive sign that Galloway played 29 minutes (7 more then Calderon) even though Galloway struggled offensively. Another concern is where did Robin Lopez offense go? He only had 4 points on 1-5 shooting. Fisher needs to get him more involved in the offense. Although Carmelo Anthony played a solid night, he has to do more in the second half, specifically the fourth quarter. The star player cannot go 1-6 in the fourth and expect the team to win.
The Knicks continue their stand at home on Sunday afternoon against the struggling New Orleans Pelicans.