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The Knicks have had a rather tempestuous last month. They fired Derek Fisher, got into just the dumbest heckling controversy, and had to hold a press conference denying that Kurt Rambis was, in fact, horny online. On top of all that, they’ve lost 16 of 19. Kristaps Porzingis’ continued delightfulness is about all they have going for them.

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Last night, they blew a perfect opportunity to right the ship. New York was up 100-92 on Boston with about three minutes left in the fourth quarter. Then they collapsed pretty thoroughly. After New York went cold, Boston brought it to one with this crazy save from Evan Turner.

Carmelo actually hit a jumper to give the Knicks a late lead and it felt like one of those games where the better team leaves it too late and their comeback falls just short. Then, after Avery Bradley scored, Melo had another chance to win it for the Knicks. His game-winner fell just short.

After the game, he seemed rather contemplative. Someone please give Carmelo a hug:

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“I thought we did everything but win the basketball game,” Anthony said after sitting in silence for 15 minutes on a trainer’s table in the locker room.

During shootaround, Anthony gave the saddest quote of all to Frank Isola:

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“I don’t think envy is kind of the right word,” Anthony said Friday morning. “I do look at my peers and say, ‘Damn, what am I doing wrong? I should be there.’ There was one point in time where they were looking at me like that. Made (the playoffs) 10, 11 years straight.

“Right now it’s kind of a rough patch for me. I’m trying to figure out a way to get out of it.”

Aww man. At least the Knicks only have 19 games left.


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