Since when is scoring over 40 points not enough in the Playoffs? Dwight Howard and Carmelo Anthony have both been victims of the "score 40 and we'll still lose club." It is down right ridiculous, but it has simply been reality for the Knicks and Magic.
Falling short once again to the Boston Celtics, the Knicks are now trailing 0-2 in the series heading back to New York, probably to fall short two more times.
There are many fingers to be pointed in the Knicks' organization, but the easiest excuse for tonight's loss has to go to Chauncey Billups and Amar'e Stoudemire's inability to play. In a perfect world, Amar'e would have been enough to push the Knicks over the Celtics tonight, but due to back spasms, that perfect world never came true for the Knicks.
The Knicks have to be thankful for Melo's performance tonight; scoring an amazing 42 points, along with grabbing 17 rebounds and dishing out six assists, Melo without a doubt saved the Knicks from an embarrassing loss.
But even without any sort of a relevant bench from the Knicks, believe it or not, the Knicks had their share of chances to win the game. With 2:37 left in the game, the Knicks went up by three with a Melo three and it seemed as though Melo's "CPR-type" performance was going to successfully bring the Knicks back to life.
We of course didn't account for the ill-advised turnover towards the end of the game, coming from Jared Jeffries, who had lost the ball to Kevin Garnett on the baseline, with 4.4 seconds to go.
Who is to Blame for the Loss?
These types of little mistakes made here and there, not only cost the Knicks another loss, it cost them the series. Heading back to New York for two games may give some life to the Knicks, but it won't be enough to overcome the more experienced Celtics.
It's a shame to see Melo lose after such a great individual performance, but it happened, and there's not much the Knicks could do, except to applaud the Celtics for who they are.
Honestly, the Knicks have to be tipping their hats off to Rajon Rondo, who had arguably one of the best individual guard performances in the last 10 years, scoring 30 points, dishing out seven assists and grabbing four rebounds. The man was simply having one of those days.
Watching that ball go right into Garnett's hands was like the Knick's heart's being sucked out of them, and sadly for them, this game just about did it for them.
Heading back to New York, expect nothing but the worst for the Knicks because everyone knows, after losing two very winnable games, it's down right near impossible to muster up enough energy to fight back.