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Carmelo Anthony is criticized for shooting too much, but now he's being told he didn't shoot enough. Look deeper:
It was a maddeningly sluggish offensive game for the Knicks and not enough credit is being given to the Pacers defense. But Melo was having a efficient game at the half, with 13 points in 6 FGM and was getting to the foul line.
Indiana locked him up -- and pounded him some more -- in the second half and on the surface it appears he disappeared in the fourth quarter (0-for-3 FG, 2 points).
What's missed is he was doing in this game something people have begged him to do: trust his teammates. He finished with just 16 FGA, which led the team. But his supporting cast came up empty time and again.
Remember the trust factor?
JR Smith, playing with a flu virus, was 4 for 12. Raymond Felton, who has been a major scoring contributor in the playoffs, was 1 for 8. Iman Shumpert, who appeared to be breaking out, was 3 for 10.
Amar'e Stoudemire took 8 shots and made three. So the team's top four FGA after Melo shot a combined 11 for 38 (28.9%).
Jason Kidd played 20:11 and attempted just one shot. He hasn't made a field goal since Game 2 of the Boston series. He hasn't made a two-point shot since April 7 (at OKC).
Steve Novak played just 1:53. Chris Copeland played just 58 seconds.
So Melo shoots too much, now he doesn't shoot enough.
Be careful what you wish.
"It'll be different come Game 4," he said.
Melo will certainly come aggressive in Game 4, but it can't be at the expense of ball movement and flow. Still, if the supporting cast fails him, Melo will have to carry the burden on his shoulders.
That's what he's paid to do, whether critics like it or not.