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Carmelo Anthony hit 9-of-23 shots and two 3-pointers for 24 points, nine rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in Tuesday's ugly Game 4 loss at Indiana.
The Pacers lead the series 3-1 and need to win just one more game to send the Knicks packing. Melo hasn't hit a field goal in the fourth quarter of the last two games, which will have to change if they have any hope of coming back and winning three straight games against the defensive-minded Pacers.
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Carmelo Anthony reiterated that he'll "continue to take those shots" he feels he should be taking.
Anthony also brushed aside any "controversy" regarding Tyson Chandler's comments about the Knicks moving the ball and not getting into a stagnant flow on offense, but the key takeaway here is that Anthony won't let criticism deter him from playing his usual style of basketball.
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There are "no signs" of the Knicks utilizing a bigger lineup for Game 4 vs. the Pacers, according to the New York Post.
There had been some talk about Carmelo Anthony moving to small forward so Kenyon Martin could slide into the starting lineup at power forward in an effort to better matchup with Indy, but it doesn't sound like it's going to happen. The Knicks will stick with the same starting lineup for now, but if they go down 3-1, it wouldn't be a surprise to see the team get desperate and experiment in Game 5.
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Carmelo Anthony described his injured shoulder as just "alright" said and he's "living with it" for now.
Anthony said he'll continue to wear a pad on the area, which apparently didn't bother him enough to stop Tuesday's 32-point, nine-rebound performance in Game 2. Unless the injury suddenly worsens over time or through contact, we expect Melo will be in the lineup and playing major minutes on a nightly basis.
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Carmelo Anthony hit 13-of-26 shots and two 3-pointers on his way to 32 points, nine boards, three assists and two steals as the Knicks blitzed the Pacers 33-13 in the fourth quarter to even the series at 1-1 with the 105-79 win.
Melo was great tonight as the Pacers weren't as physical with him in Game 2. Raymond Felton had 14 points, Iman Shumpert scored 13, Kenyon Martin added 10, while Pablo Prigioni was perfect, hitting 4-of-4 shots and 2-of-2 3-pointers for 10 points, four rebounds and four assists. The Knicks will look to reclaim homecourt advantage on Saturday in Indy for Game 3.
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Carmelo Anthony said that he feels he's been taking good shots during the last four games.
Melo is 35-of-110 over his last four games, good for 31.8 percent, but that doesn't seem to be bothering him. "I feel the shots I'm taking I should take," he said. "I'm going to keep shooting." We really didn't expect Anthony to say anything beyond that, and he'll remain at power forward for Game 2 vs. the Pacers.
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Raymond Felton suggested that the Pacers intentionally targeted Carmelo Anthony's injured shoulder during Game 1, though Melo downplayed the injury.
"[The shoulder] is not something I'll constantly talk about," said Melo. "I'll deal with it, probably get some treatment for it, and get through it." His status for Game 2 isn't in doubt, but he's shooting just 37.8 percent in the playoffs and needs to improve to even the series at 1-1.