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Carmelo Anthony wants Knicks to get back to playing fast

Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant

Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant


The first 10 games of this season, the Knicks averaged 98.7 possessions per game, which is about the middle of the pack in the NBA this season. The last 10 games they have slowed down to 95.8 possessions per game, a bottom five pace.

Carmelo Anthony isn’t happy about it. With the Knicks having lost three in a row heading into Sacramento Thursday, ‘Melo said he wanted to pick up the pace again, as he told Ian Begley of ESPN.

After a recent home loss, Anthony told teammates that the Knicks needed to play faster in an effort to get easier baskets in transition, sources say.

“He felt like they were stuck in the half court too much,” one source said Thursday.

The last few games the Knicks have played a little faster but still lost. The bigger issue than pace has been the Knicks’ defense is giving up 7.3 points more per possession than their season average. The Knicks aren’t getting stops. They also aren’t forcing turnovers and are giving up too many offensive rebounds, things that make it hard to run.

Carmelo being frustrated is an annual part of the Knicks’ season, if anything this season it came a little later than normal. The question is what he and the Knicks will do about it other than complain.