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Carmelo’s poor shooting continues

Carmelo Anthony has struggled shooting (Photo by Marc Rasbury)

New York Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony began the season shooting very efficiently, hitting on 26 of his first 52 shots of the season, as the team won two of it’s first three games.  But Melo has shot poorly from the floor since, connecting on just 28% (18-64) in the last three games, all losses for New York.

After the game, Knicks head coach Derek Fisher and Carmelo Anthony talked about his shooting woes.  “Well I think offensively we’re still searching for how to attack based on the way teams are defending us.  Jason Smith got into some foul trouble tonight early.  We were hoping to be able to use his ability to stretch the floor to create some space for Carmelo out there so him coming off the floor early impacted us some.”

Fisher continued.  “Offensively, it’s still a structure, that’s why you’re not seeing him shoot the ball as well as he’s capable of doing it.  But he’s also trying his best to stay within the team concept and we appreciate the effort that he is making in that regard.”

Melo also talked of the shooting struggles within the Triangle Offense.  “I’m still trying to figure it out.  I don’t think these teams are doing anything differently.  They are taught and told to deny, take away some things, kind of speed us up, get us out of our comfort zone.”

On his comfort with the Triangle, Melo said, “I’m still getting there man, I’m still trying to find that comfort zone. Still trying to find a way to get it going and just play better.  We’re not playing well, I’m not playing well, and it starts with me on this team.”

Carmelo will have a chance to snap out of the shooting slump tomorrow in Atlanta against the Hawks, and end the Knicks three-game losing streak.  Melo offered reason for optimism.  “Tomorrow will be a new day…for me it’s just not going in…these are shots that I’ve been making, and I will make.”

New York Knicks head coach Derek Fisher after loss (photo by Jazz Johnson)

New York Knicks head coach Derek Fisher after loss (photo by Jazz Johnson)

New York Knicks superfan Spike Lee (photo by Jazz Johnson)

New York Knicks superfan Spike Lee (photo by Jazz Johnson)

New York Knicks legend Walt Clyde Frazier (photo by Jazz Johnson)

New York Knicks legend Walt Clyde Frazier (photo by Jazz Johnson)

 

 

Carmelo Anthony has struggled shooting (Photo by Marc Rasbury)

Carmelo Anthony has struggled shooting (Photo by Marc Rasbury)

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