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Say what you want about Carmelo Anthony—he's not a winner; he's a ball-stopper; he doesn't make his teammates better. One thing you can't take away from him is his late-game chops. Unlike LeBron James, Anthony is not afraid to throw his team on his back and take the last-second shot.
Other than maybe the Magic, the New York Knicks have experienced more ups and downs this season than any other team. You could write a Harry Potter-sized book about everything that has happened to them since January.
Anthony sent a message to the rest of the NBA when he drilled the go-ahead three-pointer with 8.2 seconds left in overtime against the Chicago Bulls. He's still a top-10 NBA player, and the Bulls better hope they don't face the Knicks in the first round of the playoffs.
Anytime a team has a player of Anthony's caliber, they have a shot at doing damage in the playoffs. It's not rocket science, but the team with the best player in a series usually has the best chance of winning.
Could Anthony outplay either Derrick Rose or James in a playoff series?
When Anthony hit the game-winning three in Luol Deng's face, it confirmed why teams should always try to trade for elite talent when it's available. You can find a Danilo Gallinari every year in free agency; you can't find a player like Anthony every year.