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Why the Celtics want Melo to take more shots

Chuck - Red's Army April 30, 2013 Celtics News 6 Comments

ESPN New York breaks down Carmelo Anthony’s shooting woes in the series, particularly in isolation sets:

In the regular season, Anthony was in isolation on 26 percent of Knicks’ plays that ended with a field goal attempt, free throw or turnover from the All-Star. He had a 41.8 field goal percentage on such plays, according to data compiled by ESPN Stats & Information.

In the playoffs, Anthony has been in isolation on 43 percent of plays that end with the ball in his hand and has shot just 31 percent from the floor on those plays.

The iso-heavy offense seemed to hurt the Knicks on Sunday. Anthony was in isolation 49 percent of the time in Game 4. He shot 10-for-35 from the floor.

I’m not trying to diminish Melo’s impact on this series because he’s averaging 33 ppg and scored some big buckets to squash mini-runs the Celtics mustered in Games 1-3.

But those numbers are awful.

The more Melo shoots, the less damage inflicted by Raymond Felton (I can’t believe I just typed those words). Look what happened at the end of Game 4:

But his opportunities late in Sunday’s game seemed to come at the expense of Raymond Felton. Felton scored 16 points on eight shots in the third quarter to help the Knicks rebound from a 20-point deficit. In the fourth quarter and overtime, he took a combined six shots. Anthony, on the other hand, went 4-for-14 in the fourth quarter and OT.

Felton is averaging 17.8 ppg on 48% shooting. Gasp.

It’s hard to draw any conclusions from Game 4 because of J.R. Smith’s suspension. And the Knicks did win 54 games relying on the Melo isolation play.

But I think the Celtics would be better served with Melo gunning all game. Let him hoist 40 on Wednesday night.

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  • vitamin d

    Those are some hilarious stats, lol. Bass defending Melo is also very effective

  • eddysamson

    Yeah yeah old news…story of the playoffs, give Melo his shots yadda yadda…

    The Celtics themselves are the ones that need to take more shots if you ask me!

    • eddysamson

      Specifically, Brandon Bass. His play has been pretty good throughout the series in all facets but offense he’s taken what like 10 shots in the whole series? Lets see him with 10-15 points tomorrow like those last few weeks of the regular season.

    • zippittyay

      Heck, Jeff Green could average 30 points in the playoffs too if he just shot the ball every time he caught it and was halfway open within 25 feet like Carmelo does. He is just as good of a shooter.

  • zippittyay

    I’ve been saying the exact same thing all along. Carmelo is a volume bricker. OK, he is an exceptional shooter, but the best in the world won’t make 50% of the shots he usually takes. When he makes his first couple shots, his shot selection THEN goes all to hell cuz he figures he’ll make every one. The way the Cs can win game 5 is to have the ball in Carmelo’s hands as much as possible and on offense have the ball in Avery’s hands as little as possible; in fact, have the ball not stay in anyone’s hands more than a couple of seconds. Less dribbling, less standing around off the ball. Move, pass, cut…. victory.

  • Roy Sanchez

    Just don’t fall for that pump fake bass and we will be much better off. Free throws are what gave Melo points