May 16, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) looks to pass the ball over Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) during the first half in game five of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Knicks won 85-75. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Flashback Friday: New York Knicks Are Still "Alive"


Although it was not overwhelmingly impressive, Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks were able to get a 85-75 win against Indiana in Madison Square Garden. If nothing else, it buys the Knicks another few days to reflect on what could have been done to make this team a true championship contender.

Melo led the way with 28 points, and did not get much help. While the Knicks are limping to game 6 in Indianapolis tomorrow, it looks as though their 2013 run might be over. Indiana, while lacking a superstar, is a much deeper and younger squad. In order for New York to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals, Jason Kidd, J.R. Smith, and Tyson Chandler need to up their production.

I was reading a few message boards this morning, and something caught my eye. It was a post by a fake “Melo” that read as such, “I wish I could pass the ball to myself so I could get some assists.” Sad as the message is, it’s true. The Knicks have lived to fight another day, but the long term success of New York will hinge on off-season moves to get Carmelo Anthony help.

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