Carmelo Anthony Getting Too Much Blame for New York Knicks' Playoff Struggles

Brandon CroceAnalyst IMay 5, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 03:  Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks reacts in the fourth quarter against the Miami Heat in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 3, 2012 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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The New Yorks Knicks own a record no team wants and that is 13 straight playoff loses. They have not won a playoff series in 12 years, the last one coming in the last lockout-shortened season of 1999-2000.

Now Carmelo wasn't calling MSG home for all those seasons but he has yet to win a playoff game in three chances at the Mecca. Sports is all about what have you done for me lately, and Anthony is the face of the franchise. Everyone wants to question him and his game, but it is unfair to blame number seven.

Carmelo has played with three different starting lineups in the first three games of the series. The first game of the series, Tyson Chandler had a bad case of the flu and the Knicks' best perimeter defender, Iman Shumpert, goes down with a knee injury.

After Game 2, emotions and a fire extinguisher got the better of Amare Stoudemire and he now looks done for the series. 

Now, Carmelo hasn't been perfect in this series by no means, and he has seen his numbers drop from the amazing April that he had. However, Carmelo is doing all that he can and is trying to go shot for shot with two of Top five players in the game today.

Most people want to point to the fact that he is shooting 35 percent from the field, but the Knicks don't really have a second option who can create their own shot. Much of the criticism has been that Carmelo is only an offensive player, but this year he is averaging nine rebounds a game and has stepped up the intensity on the defensive side of the ball.

Carmelo Anthony is the Knicks' superstar and this type of media scrutiny comes with the territory when playing in New York. However, in a season that the Knicks added two new starters at the beginning of the year, only two weeks of training camp, a coaching change almost three quarters through the season and countless injuries, can you really blame Carmelo?