The Knicks should ask Carmelo Anthony to shoot 0-for-7 and score a single point more often. Even with Anthony having one of the worst games of his basketball life, Tyson Chandler poured in 20 points and 17 rebounds and the Knicks destroyed Charlotte 111-78. ‘Melo was pressing on everything, but with the Knicks’ ball movement (26 assists) the best it’s been in a while, Anthony short-arming shots didn’t matter. Of course, they were also playing the Bobcats. It’d do well to keep that in mind … So Amar’e (18 points) has lost his hops huh? He had a nasty dunk that was all explosion off of one step last night. The only problem though was it came against Fat Magic. A few minutes later, STAT had an offensive rebound putback dunk, so maybe he had put some extra air in the tires last night … DeSagana Diop had a putback shot right at the end of the third quarter that missed the rim by probably five feet… and he was three feet away. You know the dudes who come out during timeouts to shoot T-shirts into the crowd? That’s what the shot looked like … If any one play represented Portland’s 97-84 win over Memphis, it came at the end of the third quarter. With 3:26 left in the that frame, Marcus Camby (22 rebounds, five blocks) already had 19 rebounds and was the one providing second shots on one telling possession. The Blazers missed about four shots on one possession, and kept getting it back off Camby’s tips until finally Jamal Crawford caught a swing pass and banged a trey on his second shot of the possession. Portland beat up on Memphis all night, pounding them on the glass and riding LaMarcus Aldridge to a game-high 23 points to finish off the Grizz’s seven-game run … Rudy Gay had back-to-back dunks at the end of the first half that were so nasty, the Blazer crowd was booing out of embarrassment. The first one you could see coming. It was one of those LeBron-like catch and cock it back throwdowns. Then literally five seconds later, Gay got out on the break and threw down an easy windmill … Is there a more frustrating college player to watch than Perry Jones? He got Baylor back on track last night after two straight losses with 21 points and 12 rebounds in a win over Oklahoma. That big night will probably be followed by a 7-point, 4-rebound stinker … Kentucky’s back at No. 1 and spanked Georgia 57-44 behind 19 off the bench from Darius Miller … And Chris Webber said on NBA TV last night that the Wizards should make Sam Cassell their next coach. We’d love it to. The Big Ball Dance always made for great TV … We’re out like ‘Melo’s rhythm.
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