You know you have a problem when your leading scorer has 15 points, and his name is CHRIS COPELAND!! The New York Knicks did not do anything well Monday night against the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors, led by Stephen Curry, ran the Knicks off the floor. From the opening tip-off, the Warriors simply looked like they wanted it more. The Knicks looked sluggish. They did not look like a team that was determined to win their opening game on a tough 5 game road trip. Monday night was supposed to be a welcome back party for the Knicks superstar, Carmelo Anthony. Unfortunately, it looked more like a retirement party. Melo looked flat, and the rest of the team followed suit. I’m done getting on Melo. By now, I think we all know he needs to try harder and play better. He needs to play better defense, and he needs to PASS THE DAMN BALL MORE!! Other than that he’s having a great season. Now it’s not all bad for Melo and the Knicks. They have had a winning record in every month of the season, and they are still atop their division. However, you’d have to be blind not to see that the Knicks have struggled mightily from time to time this season. Was this their worst loss of the season? It’s definitely up there. I will make this short and unsweetened. The Knicks need to try harder. It starts with the coach and the superstar, and the rest trickles down hill. If they don’t find a way to win 2 of their next 4 on the road, they could come back to New York with a tighter race in the Atlantic Division than they’d hoped. For now, they are lucky that the Brooklyn Nets are bad too. Otherwise, they could really be in a world of hurt. Winning the Atlantic Division is very important for the Knicks, for it would keep them as one of the top 3 seeds in the Eastern Conference. As for the Knicks moving forward, I would hope that Steve Novak, Jason Kidd, Pablo Prigioni, Kurt Thomas, and James White won’t go a combined 0 for 15 form the field again (like they did last night). The Knicks as a team shot just 27.4% from the field, and an atrocious 18.5% from 3-point range. The Knicks will look to rebound as they travel to Denver to take on the Nuggets Wednesday night at 10:30 P.M. This is the first time Carmelo Anthony will play in Denver since leaving the team. Logic would dictate that he would get up for this game and will his team to victory. For his sake, I hope he remembers to show up Wednesday night. I see the Knicks playing a much better game Wednesday night in Denver, however I think they will lose 99-97 to the Nuggets on the road.
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