Visibly playing through the pain of ankle and wrist injuries, Carmelo Anthony finally relented, accepting that he can longer perform his "superhero" act.
After assembling their own core of stars, the Knicks should take note of what the Heat has done. New York needs role players who have experience and are not afraid to take the big shot if needed. This squad needs specialty players: 3-point shooters, defenders and ball-handlers.
Right now, relying on younger talent will not make the Knicks a championship contender. Perhaps the team should focus its attention on convincing available veterans that the opportunity to play for a title is worth a discounted salary.
The Heat may have a lot of star power, but it was strong contributions from their bench, including two crucial three-pointers drained by sharpshooting veteran Shane Battier that helped sink the Knicks.
If the now 7-12 Knicks ever want to reach the status the Heat will continue to reach, they need to focus on surrounding their stars with the right players, because it is obvious the likes of Stoudemire and Anthony cannot do it all. With Anthony out, the Knicks certainly needed a thorough pick-me-up, and they did not receive that for 48 full minutes last night.
The team will aim to avenge their loss in Miami by beating the Rockets in Houston tonight, where Anthony is expected to sit out once again.
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