Carmelo Anthony has been playing like an MVP in his first full 82-game season with the New York Knicks. After returning from London where he played with Kobe Bryant, who has five rings to his name, and LeBron James, who was fresh off of his first title, 'Melo has been playing with more fire than ever.
In his past two games, he has played otherworldly basketball. After torching the Brooklyn Nets for 45 points, 'Melo scored 22 in the first quarter at Madison Square Garden against Mike D'Antoni and the Lakers. Anthony had totaled 30 points midway through the third quarter when a hard Dwight Howard foul sent him to the locker room and he didn't return.
The first-place Knicks are one of basketball's best teams, but Anthony may miss multiple games with what looks to be a painful ankle sprain.
Can the Knicks keep winning without their star forward? Here are four reasons Mike Woodson's squad can continue their hot streak in Anthony's absence.