For 34 minutes it appeared that the Knicks would cruise to their second straight win in Florida. Unfortunately the team sputtered down the stretch, eventually yielding the lead for good with 7 minutes remaining. As I noted on the Daily Dime, New York’s offense has let them down:
The Knicks followed up a meager shooting night Sunday in South Beach (43.8 percent effective field goal percentage) with a pathetic 41.3 percent in Orlando. And at the center of the problem is Anthony.
In four games for New York, Melo has done well by traditional statistics, averaging 27 points per game. However, advanced stats show him to be a drain on the offense.
Anthony has taken 93 field goal attempts to net 108 points, a poor ratio. And while the league average in true shooting percentage is usually around 54 percent, Anthony has a TS% of 50.2 percent for New York. Compare those numbers to Chauncey Billups, who has scored 93 points on only 49 shots, with a 65.5 TS% in the blue and orange, and it’s clear who has been the better Knick thus far.
But down the stretch against the Magic, Anthony missed all three of his field goal attempts, turned the ball over once and managed only four points.
Last night, their defense was at fault as well. The Magic shot a robust 58.0% eFG%, as New York failed to find an answer for Dwight Howard (30 pts, 15 fga), Jameer Nelson (26 pts, 16 fga), and Ryan Anderson (16 pts, 6 fga). In the last 14 minutes of the game the trio torched the Knicks for 31 points.
And while Billups & Stoudemire matched their efficiency (60 pts, 29 fga), Carmelo Anthony had another poor shooting night. Anthony needed 24 shots to accumulate 25 points, which ultimately led to New York’s poor shooting. What’s obvious so far is that the Knicks have yet to get the most out of ‘Melo’s talents.