Melo has to step up as STAT and Lin fall

The New York Knicks have announced that Jeremy Lin will be going under the knife to repair a slight tear in his knee’s meniscus.

With a projected recovery time of 6 weeks, Lin’s season is likely over, yet another big blow to the Knicks’ desire for a deep playoff run.

Averaging 14.1 points and 6.1 assists after his phenomenal midseason explosion, Lin was morphing into the floor general that the Knicks so desperately required. With stars like Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks definitely needed a strong head at the point guard position, which was something that Lin provided.

Whilst Baron Davis can provide this strong head at the point, he can not run the fast break like Lin can and also gives up much more on the defensive end than Lin does. This is much the same for fellow veteran point guard Mike Bibby, however his offensive powers are waning at a much greater rate than Davis’.

Yet whilst it does not seem to make sense, the Knicks still could make a push, even without Stoudemire or Lin.

On paper they appear a much weaker team, and this would suggest that their playoff hopes are more or less shot. Yet as Carmelo Anthony has shown is his past outings with the Denver Nuggets, he is more then capable of dragging a team deep into the playoffs.

Although its nigh on impossible for the Knicks to win the great prize that the Big Apple desires without Lin or Stoudemire, it will be interesting to see how far the Knicks can get on the back of Melo.

Especially as he is now the main man, something that he seems to thrive on.

As seen on:
http://nbadownunder.com/opinion/melo-has-to-step-up-as-both-lin-and-stat-fall-to-injury

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Posted on April 2, 2012, in New York Knicks and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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