Carmelo Anthony's best just wasn't good enough...again. His 39 points (on 15-of-29 shooting) in Game 6 against the Indiana Pacers couldn't quite keep alive the New York Knicks' hopes of cracking the Eastern Conference Finals.
Not that Anthony's banner season was all for naught. He led the Knicks to their first NBA playoff series victory since 2000, their most regular-season wins since 1996-97, and their first Atlantic Division title since 1994. That's plenty of which Anthony can be proud, even more so when you throw in his first scoring title and third-place finish in the MVP race...
Except this is New York we're talking about, where the size of the Big Apple is rivaled only by the city's expectations for its most beloved sports franchise. With 'Melo at the helm, the Knicks had been pegged by many as a near-lock to advance to the NBA's Final Four. And with their success against the Miami Heat during the 2012-13 campaign, the Knicks (by a certain logic) were well-equipped to give the defending champs a run for their money, at the very least.
That will be the job of the Indiana Pacers' now, after New York's nauseating flame out in the second round. As for Carmelo, he and the Knicks will have their own bit of business to attend to as they seek out new solutions to the problems that have long plagued the patrons of Madison Square Garden.