Meanwhile, the true stars like LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and Boston’s Paul Pierce have elevated their games and their teams and regularly play in the conference and NBA finals.
They are great winners. He’s a great scorer. While being harassed by Brandon Bass most of the day, he finished with an ugly 36 points: 10 of 35 shooting, 0 of 7 3s, 16 of 20 from the line to go with 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 7 turnovers.
“Brandon, he was the star of the game as far as I’m concerned,” said Celtics coach Doc Rivers. “He just defended and did it over and over and over again.”
And Melo just shot and missed over and over and over again.
Like he’s done in the playoffs throughout his 10-year NBA career. He’s shooting just .422 in the playoffs and his teams have gone just 20-38.
To his credit, Anthony didn’t blame Smith’s absence for his shooting woes.
“We miss him. I miss him. But him not being here doesn’t change the way I shoot,” he said.
He said jokingly, “Momma said there would be days like this.”
If you are a Knicks fan, you just hope there is just one a postseason.
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Celtics 97, Knicks 90 (OT)