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Melo says tonight's game 'almost a must-win'

Posted on: March 28, 2011 2:10 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young

A big peeve of mine is claiming a regular season game that won't force you out of the postseason a "must-win." People were saying that when the Heat were set to play the Lakers after losing five straight. (I think Chris Bosh or LeBron even said that.)

It's kind of a ridiculous thing to say when you're not going to be eliminated after the game. But for the Knicks, times are desperate. They've lost six straight and nine of their last 10. They've gone from the six-seed to the seven and three games under .500. They're a complete mess on both ends of the floor and playing without any sense of confidence or reason.

So when Carmelo Anthony says tonight's game versus Orlando is "almost a must-win" for them, it's a little bit tougher to disagree. Via the AP:

"We understand how important this game is for us," Anthony said at the Knicks' training center. "It's almost a must win for us. That mentality, that's something that I want to approach it, as a must-win game. We've been talking about that throughout the team."

Since acquiring Anthony, the Knicks have gone 7-12, which most definitely not what they had envisioned when they added the All-Star. But with him, there's been a major offset in on-court chemistry. Mike D'Antoni's team isn't playing near as fast, near as loose and they're regressing defensively. Basically, they're sort of falling apart.

D'Antoni didn't echo Anthony's must-win belief, but he put it this way: "We've had a few of those lately, and we haven't seemed to get one, so every game we go out is a must win. It's a must play well."

I like that better. A must play well. Because let's face it. Against the Magic, the Knicks just don't match up well. Drawing a line in the sand to say this is a must-win when maybe you don't have a great shot isn't going to be good for confidence after the final result is unfavorable. Melo is setting himself up for more disappointment.
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Since: Jul 23, 2008
Posted on: March 28, 2011 8:57 pm
 

Melo says tonight's game 'almost a must-win'

new york only matters to new yorkers-



Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: March 28, 2011 7:34 pm
 

Melo says tonight's game 'almost a must-win'

Shouldn't every game be a "must-win" or do players play some games to lose?



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: March 28, 2011 6:19 pm
 

Melo says tonight's game 'almost a must-win'

NOUSE----A)  The NBA is fine?  I'm not going to even touch that.  B)  Knicks don't matter to the NBA?  Actually buddy the most important city in the World(that is def not opinion) matters to anything.  Please think about what you write before you write it




Since: Jul 23, 2008
Posted on: March 28, 2011 5:51 pm
 

Melo says tonight's game 'almost a must-win'

the knicks have sucked for the last twenty years and the nba does just fine- melo will always be what he was in denver- a great scorer and an "ole" defender- he'll wave the red cape but will never play hard nose defense.   he has his money, the knicks have a gate attraction, but they will never win a championship with both him and amare on the roster- they need to trade one or the other for a superstar willing to play defense- the good news is it gives spike something to film a documentary about



Since: Mar 28, 2011
Posted on: March 28, 2011 5:37 pm
 

Melo says tonight's game 'almost a must-win'

So you obviously must be a cry baby Cavs fan... Well look on the bright side Cleveland will never be good at any sport ever... The world will end before they are even somewhat contenders or relevant by any means... Keep hating lol..




Since: Mar 4, 2011
Posted on: March 28, 2011 5:32 pm
 

Melo says tonight's game 'almost a must-win'

Nah, its not a 'must-win'  The Knicks are gonna finish 6th, 7th or 8th and whatever happens get bounced out in the first round by Chicago, Boston or Miami.  Same outcome whatever happens tonight.



Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: March 28, 2011 5:06 pm
 

Melo says tonight's game 'almost a must-win'

D'Antoni doesn't know what defense is. He relies on his offensive brilliance. Slowing down the Knicks is a horrible idea and that's what Melo does. So we have a slower, less effective offense and the same spotty at best, crappy at worst, defense. I love it. Meanwhile, the Nuggets are looking great.



Since: Jul 21, 2008
Posted on: March 28, 2011 4:58 pm
 

Melo says tonight's game 'almost a must-win'

I hope that Melo turns out to be a superstar winner.  The NBA needs the Knicks to be great.  However, right now Melo looks like Iverson.  The media hyped him as the answer and except for one season he was anything but.  Iverson got his stats but teams did not win.  Some teams even regressed.  Denver got better in the short term without Melo.  The Knicks look like a genius if a big name comes there in 2012 to team up with Melo.  You have to have at least two stars to win in the NBA.  The Bulls with Jordan proved that as did Kobe and Shaq or Shaq and Wade.
The question is , is 3 too many?  Right now for the Heat , yes.  For the Celtics no.  The Knicks have two stars now with Melo and Amare.  Is it growing pains or is Melo like some other stars before him?  They win (stats) but the team does not.  If you goal is to get to the NBA Hall of Fame, Iverson has shown that me first can do that.  If you want to win championships, you need teammates.



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: March 28, 2011 4:54 pm
 

Melo says tonight's game 'almost a must-win'

I agree, BoilerRick. Almost a kinda-must-win sorta. Way to step out on a limb, Melo.




Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: March 28, 2011 4:52 pm
 

Melo says tonight's game 'almost a must-win'

Incorrect! This is what LeBron said:

<snif> we really need to..I'm sorry..I promised myself I wouldn't cry..<snif>...OK, we really need to win tonight. It's just so hard to..to..<snif>...hard to play good when everyone is such stupid-face meanie-pants..poor Dwyane wouldn't even come to bed last night..he just slept at the foot of my bed..that's Chris' spot!..<snif>...I just don't..I don't want to do this now. I'm sorry. I'm trying my hardest to not cry!


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