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NBA : Thanks To Loss Against Mavs, Knicks Role Players Need To Step Up

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Thanks to a 110-108 loss to the Dallas Mavericks, the New York Knicks post-season hopes may have taken a fatal blow.

As the NBA season comes down the final stretch, New York has seen no production from anyone except Carmelo Anthony. Anthony scored 44 points, grabbed nine rebounds in 42 minutes. The next highest scorer for new York would be J.R. Smith who scored 15 points in 35 minutes.

With a playoff spot on the line, a return to the post-season isn’t likely as the Knicks role players have struggled all season.

Lacking effort from other key pieces such as Tim Hardaway Jr., Tyson Chandler, J.R. Smith and Raymond Felton. There hasn’t been much trust from the other players, as New York seems to just rely heavily on Melo in late-game situations.  Coming into their game against Dallas, New York had lost two easy games that could have easily been won against the Atlanta Hawks and Orlando Magic.

In those games, Anthony played great in putting up MVP-like numbers, but can’t find any help from his pieces around him.  Hopefully, with the Knicks finalizing the buyouts of Metta World Peace and Beno Udrih, it can free up space for the Knicks to potentially sign some veterans that can bring some type of production off the bench.

The playoffs seem so far from the Knicks, who are currently five and a half games back from the eighth seed, if New York’s role players don’t step up soon its going to be a quick 27 games for the Knicks, and potentially Anthony’s last in a Knicks uniform.

 

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Robert D. Cobb
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