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There is a tiny amount of pressure on Carmelo Anthony

Despite what the delirious Tyson Chandler believes, the New York Knicks were the heavy favorites coming into this series. Vegas has favored them in each game, including tonight (-2.5).

As the Knicks raced out to a 3-0 series lead, there was supreme confidence that this beleaguered, yet overrated franchise would win its first playoff series in 13 years. Melo was not only going to propel the Knicks into unfamiliar territory, but he was also going to excise his personal demons (one playoff series victory in 9 seasons).

The Celtics turned the tables with consecutive victories and suddenly “panic,” “choke” and “2004 Yankees” became the most popular phrases in NYC.

Make no mistake about it, if – and that’s one gigantic if – the Celtics complete the historic comeback, Melo will take all the heat.

And in case Anthony isn’t aware of the ramifications, the NY media is offering some polite reminders.

Anthony is in a career life-or-death situation now, which seems almost impossible considering that just a week ago he was looking at posting his first playoff sweep.

From broom to doom, in record time.

If the Knicks lose this series after being up 3-0, then the franchise will go down in NBA history as the No. 1 all-time flop. And as the face of the franchise, Anthony would have his place in history, too. If he thinks that all the grief he catches for his first-round failures is excessive, he will never be able to live it down if he loses the next two games.

His career will be ruined, his legacy in the toilet.

NY Daily News

But even F. Lee Bailey would have a hard time making a case if Melo is the foundation player on the first team to let a 3-0 lead in a best-of-seven slip away. A few days ago, this seemed a foregone conclusion. A few days from now, it could be an un-erasable mark on his permanent record.

NY Post

While Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry have plenty of experience with playoff pressure, Anthony does not. He’s never won a Game 6 and never played in a Game 7.

Take a deep breath, Melo. It’s only your legacy on the line tonight.

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  • eddysamson

    This is great, we don’t even have to do anything and they make it harder on themselves with their own media! HAHAHAH! I’m not saying this is going to be easy, but the way I look at it, the more pressure on Melo’s shoulders, the better our chances.

  • sgboston23

    I’ve been keeping up with ESPN NY Radio (I live in Brooklyn) and before the series started they were talking about how they’d match up against the Heat, about how this was the first time in a long time that the Knicks would be serious contenders for a championship. Even if this Knicks team does get past the C’s (and I pray to Bill Mueller that they don’t) they will get SQUASHED. What a bunch of childish, 3-point-hucking, iso-loving, crybabies.

  • MrCuret

    Carmelo has been feeling the pressure (even though he’s saying otherwise) you can tell when he missed those 2 free throws at the end of game 4 & the way he’s been shooting the for past 2 games.

  • Bledgreen

    Ok we know that melo usually excels in the clutch. This series he has chocked the last 2 games. This shows that we really get under his skin. If any team would lose a 3-0 lead it will be mrlo

  • dk

    Lets hope the Cs can maintain their play. I worry that they will come out flat since less rest and Doc’s been grinding them down.
    Hopefully the crowd tonight can carry them. 7pm friday night game is too early. May take a while for everyone to get there w/ traffic and everything

  • bigvahe33

    “one playoff series victory in 9 seasons”

    Melo/Denver beat Dallas and New Orleans in 09 to get to the semis