Melo Out 1-2 Weeks. We Need More Jeremy Lin!
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony is out approximately 1-2 weeks after straining his right groin, the team announced Tuesday.
Coach Mike D’Antoni offered no update on Amare Stoudemire either, which means the Knicks will roll out the same Band-Aid starting line up that handled Utah Monday night.
Anthony scored two points and played just five minutes in Monday’s 99-88 win over the Jazz. He threw an alley-oop to Tyson Chandler midway through the first quarter and started to limp shortly after.
He called timeout on the next play and went to the bench before heading to the locker room. Anthony did not return to the game but did rejoin the bench in street clothes. He was not available to reporters after the game.
I swear, if everyone shows up at Madison Square Garden with violins, and every time he does something awesome the entire crowd starts aggressively doing bow work, it will be the greatest sports phenomenon of all time. This is the best idea ever, and the only good thing I have ever contributed to the world. You’re welcome, New York. This one’s on the house. With that said, the next citywide rallying cry will come at a steep price, either by way of a lifetime supply of steak from Smith & Wollensky or all-time next at Rucker Park.
Much of Lin’s production has come from his ability to penetrate and create easy baskets for his teammates. Assist percentage is the percentage of teammates’ field goals a player assisted on while he was on the floor.
Highest Assist Percentage This Season
Steve Nash 53.5
Deron Williams 44.8
Rajon Rondo 44.7
Jose Calderon 43.6
Jeremy Lin 42.1
>> Min. 135 minutes played
Among players with at least 135 minutes played this season, Lin has the fifth-best assist percentage, trailing only some of the league’s marquee point guards.
He’s been especially effective in the pick-and-roll game, something the Knicks have sorely lacked this season — they are 16th in the NBA in points per possession in the pick-and-roll.
More than 61 percent of Lin’s offense has been in the pick-and-roll, the sixth-highest rate in the NBA. Only five players with at least 80 pick-and-roll plays have more points per possession and Lin is one spot ahead of LeBron James.