#TheList: Three things the Knicks and Grizzlies MUST do to even their series

By: Mike Wagenman (@mjwags23)

The Knicks and Grizzlies head into tonight’s matchups facing a 1-0 series deficit. New York lost home court advantage when it laid an egg in game one against Indiana. Memphis lost on a Kevin Durant mid-range jumper with 11 seconds left, and put up much harder of a fight than did the Knicks. If either team wants to even the series up before traveling to a new venue, here is what they must do:

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The Dissection of Melo


By: Mike Wagenman (@mjwags23)

Carmelo Anthony is not a star.

Carmelo Anthony is not a teammate.

Carmelo Anthony is not deserving of MVP chants at the free throw line.

Carmelo Anthony should not be mentioned in the same breath as LeBron James, Kobe Bryant or Kevin Durant. Ever.

Carmelo Anthony is the biggest misconception in the NBA.

Many of my Twitter followers have taken exception to my criticism of Anthony. I, like many of my followers, am a Knicks fan. I, like very few of my followers, am a realist and am not blinded by the false light that shines off of Melo. I realize that his one trip out of the first round in nine seasons is, for the most part, because of his selfish, stagnant, isolation style of offense and lazy, effortless, lackadaisical style of defense. I was also probably the only Knicks fan on planet Earth to be disappointed when the Knicks shipped Raymond Felton, Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari and Timofey Mozgov to the Nuggets for Anthony. I have always expressed by displeasure with Melo and his game, but last night, I hit my breaking point. To me, as a basketball writer and a sports fan in general, it is a disgrace to the sport of basketball the way Melo has acted and approached the past two games with the Celtics on the brink of elimination. Superstar? Please.

Enough about me. My rant is over. This article is about Carmelo Anthony. No writer is ever supposed to do this, but I’m breaking the rules just once: I’m stating my intentions with this piece. My goal is not to make everyone who reads this turn on Anthony, hate Anthony or root against Anthony. Because, you’d better believe, if he hits a game-winner in game six, ill be cheering as loud as anyone. But, not for him. For the team I love to root for. My goal is to make everybody realize that they need to get past the Carmelo Anthony smokescreen that the media has created and realize that he is a selfish basketball player with exceptional skills, who is incapable of being a team player.

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By: Mike Wagenman

#TweetOfTheDay for Saturday, April 20, 2013:

Jared Zwerling of ESPNNewYork.com warns all Knicks fans of Melo’s woeful playoff pedigree, which was mostly compiled with the Nuggets.

Although he had a poor shooting night (13 for 29 from the field), only dished out one assist, and compiled these awful totals in the first half [thanks Doug Gottlieb for the stat (@GottliebShow)], Anthony still finished with 36 points and sunk a few clutch shots in the fourth quarter in the Knicks’ 85-78 win at home.

Make that 18-37, now.