The Knicks and Celtics series has taken a twist as two of New Yorks big three have gone down with injuries. The Knicks are used to playing without one of their three in most cases as the majority of their games have been played with one missing. However they haven’t been limited to only one player remaining until this series with Boston. Billups went down in game one with an ankle injury and Stoudemire went down in game two with back problems.
Melo has done all that he can to keep the Knicks in the game but overcoming these odds will be rather difficult as he takes the floor with four guys that no one else in the league even knew before this season.
Everyone knew that Melo would not be held to a minimal 15 points all series as he is an offensive machine, but it is apparent that the Knicks may need to adapt to what they have and just attack the rim. The lack of production in the post is going to require them to attack to keep pressure on the defense, otherwise Boston’s age will not become a factor in the series. Melo attacked the rim viciously in game two and he reaped the benefits of a player who is without a doubt a potent scorer. He made many trips to the line and pounded the boards like a man possessed.