The Pacers Send A Message To The East; Carmelo Anthony On The Comeback

By: 03.27.12
Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony (photo. Zach Wolfe)

We could feel bad for Milwaukee. Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings combined to hit just eight of 36 shots last night, including missing all nine of their triples while committing nine turnovers. But we’ll save our sympathy for the Knicks, who didn’t have Jeremy Lin and Amar’e Stoudemire, and yet still beat the Bucks 89-80. Lin isn’t expected to be out long, but Stoudemire could be after an MRI revealed a bulging disk in his lower back. He’s out indefinitely. Meanwhile on the court, Baron Davis filled in admirably for the Knicks’ cash cow and Carmelo Anthony resurfaced with 28 points and 12 rebounds. Get this: he hadn’t scored that many in a game since… Jan. 20. WHAT? ‘Melo has always been a great scorer, but you can’t convince us he’s the best scorer in the world when he goes through a two-month drought like that … If it wasn’t for Mike Dunleavy – yes, him – this game wouldn’t even have been close. Dunleavy had 26 points, including 14 during a four-minute stretch in the first half … It’s obvious. We have to treat the Wizards like children. Can’t give them too much. Can’t spoil them. From now on, no leads, and make them come from behind and earn everything… because it’s obvious they don’t do well with success. Washington fell apart AGAIN last night, and this time it was to Detroit so there’s no excuse. Rodney Stuckey (24 points) buried a J with 0.2 seconds left to stake the Pistons to a 79-77 win after trailing by as many as 13. Stuckey scored half of his 24 in the final period while John Wall had zero in the last 12 minutes … Kevin Garnett‘s career might be closing in on the credits (Actually scratch that. KG pumped in 24 points last night.), and Ray Allen officially started skipping getting lined up in order to razor his own dome a long time ago, but Paul Pierce is still the truth. Through this month, he’s averaged over 22 points a game, and in Boston’s 102-95 win against Charlotte, the boy dropped 36 and 10 while going to the line 18 times. He might not be what he once was, and a month of averaging 22-plus gets highlighted while it used to be ho-hum, but as anyone who’s played in a Y against a decent old timer before, the old man game can last … And the Clippers blew out New Orleans 97-85 behind Chris Paul‘s 25 points and 10 assists … We’re out like Tiger‘s losing streak.

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