Another impressive win for Maryland & keep your eye on Jake Laymen as he reminds me of a young Chandler Parsons. Frosh Melo Trimble can go!!
Melo: "Got 3 days to kind of get away from it for a bit ... to kind of decompress and try to get into the holiday spirit a little bit."
This weekend marked 1st time in Melo's 250-gm NYK career that he'd taken the court without Amar'e, JR or Shumpert or playing alongside him
Melo said at times it becomes difficult to generate power for different moves he uses on offense. And it's sometimes tough to shoot, he says
Asked Melo where his knee bothers him most on defense (at SF, or at PF?). Said it impacts him far more on offense; even on wide-open shots.
Melo, on how far the Knicks have fallen since their 54-win season: "I sit back and think about that sometimes." Says it's hard to believe.
Carmelo on being 5-25: "It doesn't seem real."
Also, Melo wearing a beanie today. No top hat, or fedora. This is different.
Melo, on how he feels physically: "A little beat up; a little tired." Has played 78 mins over past two days on sore, troublesome left knee
Carmelo Anthony, he of the bum left knee, played a game-high 38 minutes in a game that was never competitive.
Melo played 40 mins on sore knee yesterday, & would likely play entire 2nd half today (& log 44 mins) if Fish thinks comeback still possible
Melo trying to prevent Bruno from getting on, Christmas joy.
Melo might be best player on floor, but Raps have, like, numbers 2 through 9.
Melo's been too slow with his closeouts today. Has cost NYK, and Toronto is 42% (10-of-24) from deep.
Raps up 58-51 at half after a rough end to 2Q. Melo has 15, but Raps firmly in control.
Raptors up 8 after 1Q, shooting 50% from the field, 5-of-12 from 3pt range. Ross leads all scorers with 10, Melo has 9 for NY
Between the Melo dime to Dalembert and Pablo's pass to Larkin, Knicks had some really good-looking passes in that 1Q.
Lowry defends Melo at rim without fouling. Melo misses. Vasquez gets 3 in transition. Lowry is good.
Toronto up 15-7 already after 6 minutes. Ross monster dunk off offensive rebound. Offensive foul on Melo. Ross 3-pointer. Went quick.
Two quick fouls for newly-minted starter James Johnson. Greivis Vasquez replaces him and the Raptors will go small. Ross on Melo
As expected, Melo will play - had missed a game earlier in week w/ sore knee. Amar'e gets another day of rest, Aldrich starts in his place
Carmelo Anthony will play.
Melo Trimble deserves mention among elite frosh this season. Maryland hasn't missed beat after losing Seth Allen. In fact, Trimble upgrade.
Raptors announce that Landry Fields is out today, after failing concussion test. Likely would've started the game and defended Carmelo
Regardless of whether J.Johnson starts, he should get bulk of Melo assignment. Patterson will also get a shot after stepping up last week
If it makes more sense to give Amare additional time off to fully heal & recover, why is Melo still going out there to play each nite?
Fisher said Melo, Cole Aldrich, Quincy Acy, Jose Calderon and Hardaway Jr. starting - unless he adjusts to Toronto swap in lineup.
Fisher says Calderon, Hardaway, Melo, Acy and Aldrich will start again today at Toronto.
Everyone lost the Carmelo trade.
So many complaints about Kobe and Carmelo being voted in and so few about Durant.
New York Knicks say Carmelo Anthony is available to play today against the Toronto Raptors. Amar'e Stoudemire and J.R. Smith are both out.
Knicks announce that Carmelo Anthony is available to play today. Amar'e Stoudemire and J.R. Smith are both out.
East: Kyrie I., D. Wade, LeBron J., Carmelo A., K. Love // Bench: J. Wall, K. Lowry, C. Bosh, A. Horford, M. Gortat, J. Butler, P. Gasol.