The Knicks lost four games during the regular season when Carmelo Anthony shot 50% or more from the field. In game two against the Indiana Pacers, Carmelo Anthony shot 13/26 which is 50% from the field and not surprisingly the Knicks came away with the victory. Before game two, the last time Melo shot more than 50% from the field was almost a month ago, April 12 verses the Cavilers in a 101-91 win.
Melo shot 50% for the first time all postseason, and what in previous games was bad shots, became extra passes or shots in the paint. Melo was quick off the dribble in game two, and drove by Pacers power forward David West on multiple occasions taking advantage of his speed mismatch.
By stark comparison fellow 2003 draftee, and four time NBA MVP LeBron James has shot less than 35% only twice all season. Melo has already done that three times this postseason. In Game four, five and six against the Celtics, Anthony shot less than 35% and in game one of the Pacers vs Knicks series he shot 35% exactly.
In the three Celtics games in which Melo shot less than 35%, the Knicks lost two of them, and in game one of the Pacers vs Knicks series the Knicks lost as well.