Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Carmelo Anthony was the only player other than LeBron James to receive a first place MVP vote, but his postseason play has been relatively weak so far.
He started off well against the Celtics, but as it stands, his offensive numbers are down in almost every category besides shots taken.
This is the most important playoff series of Melo's career, and he needs to play like it. Yes, he's playing hurt and isn't getting much out of J.R. Smith, but he has to pull through and lead the way for this team.
The way the Knicks are playing right now, they need some inspiration, and a big performance from Melo in Game 4 could be just that.
According to ESPN, Tyson Chandler has called out his teammates' passing, and it sounds like Anthony in particular is the player he's trying to light a fire under. That's just the kind of wake-up call he needs in this situation.
On the road, with their backs against the wall, this is the type of game that will define Melo's career. Is he a player that chokes in the postseason, or is he a true superstar, capable of leading the Knicks to the promised land?
Only time will tell, but New York needs something more from Melo if they're to progress to the next round.