Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony: I Can’t Beat Celtics ‘By Myself’

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Carmelo Anthony put on a clinic Tuesday night against the Celtics. Problem is, the Knicks lost.

On Thursday, Anthony said, “Game 3 on our court is a must-win for us,” though he was quick add there’s “no way” he can lead New York over Boston alone.

But the Knicks aren’t sure who will on the court at MSG to help Anthony. Amar’e Stoudemire missed practice Thursday but is expected to play. Coach Mike D’Antoni is less optimistic about Chauncey Billups’ chances of suiting up.

“I have to step up and do it all to try to win,” Anthony said on Thursday. “We have to have guys who have to step up as well on the team. There’s no way I can do it by myself. We’ve been doing a great job of guys stepping up, especially for it being some of the guys’ first times.”

Injuries forced the Knicks to play much of Game 2 with backups surrounding Anthony, who nearly carried them with 42 points and 17 rebounds.

“I really don’t know if they’ll be able to go or not,” Anthony said. “Hopefully the guys that are playing can keep that same effort, keep it going, play the same we played in Game 2. That was a lot for one person to take on. … My teammates were in battle with me.”

“You’ve seen it for years, that’s what (Carmelo) does,” said D’Antoni.

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Yet the real hurt for the Knicks comes from the realization they could have won both games in Boston, instead of bringing a 2-0 deficit into Game 3 of the series Friday night.

“I’ll play 48 (minutes) if I have to,” Anthony said.

“It’s the playoffs now. You have to leave it all on the court.”

Who can step up alongside Carmelo? Sound off in the comments below…

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  • MCK

    Why can’t Melo shut up and just play! We know what he can do and we know he can’t do it alone…..just shut up already! Take a page from Derek Jeter and just play ball…..don’t complain and play like a teammate! Should have stayed in Denver or gone to Jersey! La La would have been just as happy!

  • HooDatIS?

    carmello anthony is a beast…i wish i cudd see him in action upset the celtics carmello u can do it…if u make it to round 2 i swear i will hitchhike to newyork in a mini skirt and a see thru shirt
    gimme me my jerry beads!

  • Efrain Gonzalez III

    OK, Enough already! Melo is a great player, and a little friction in the locker room is good, so STEP UP, and just win four games vs Boston!

  • keith

    Maybe Melo should put on a Mets uniform, he would feel right at home with a bunch of losers.

  • Mike P

    Listen all u so call fans out there, Melo has done his job since coming to the Knicks, yes we all new that once he got there the New york Knicks were going to be in the playoffs. Eveyone has to go out there and play basketball, hurt or no hurt….this is the playoffs so no more crying. If they don’t do it this year, then next year will be our year. Once the team start jelling then it is going to be a different team. Go New York Go.

  • #1 knicks fan

    Douglas, walker, and shawne gota step it up a bit. And the knicks gots stop lettin rondo get those easy buckets

  • oaxaca

    he wanted the knicks, so he got them. typical whiny ny’er

    • kirk

      oaxaca, you’ve got to be kidding yourself. The one thing a NY’er is not and that’s whiney….Take it frm a Native Ny’er

  • melo man

    all you ppl hatin on melo everyone has a bad game but melo is still one of the best players in the game today nd he gonna snap on the celtics

  • dave

    Crunch time defines a player and a team.
    Knicks have yet to close out a game.
    Game 3 is a another chance.

  • dico j.

    Anthony is right….Back spasms?!!…Take a couple of Motrin and get yourself on the court. It’s the playoffs !! Stoudemire has nothing on Willis Reed. I can just imagine what Walt Frazier REALLY thinks.

  • Jon K

    his comments show why he’ll never be a winner. keep your mouth shut, work hard, do your best, and do what you get paid to do. don’t cause dissention on your team just because you didn’t have the balls to heave one up with game 2 on the line. in game 1, you weren’t on fire, but that didn’t stop you from throwing up a bomb. in game 2, you were lights out.. where’s your common sense, my friend. shoot or pass to a defensive guy. hmm…let’s see. i think NOW i’ll pass it. be a leader.

    • dico j.

      At least Carmelo Anthony is playing ! He knows what’s important.

  • Dave

    This is a little late but one of the best red heads in sports is Hall Of Famer Brian Leetch.
    Dave from Manalapan

  • Gary

    Fake Knick “fans” bashing Melo. We wouldn’t even be in the playoffs giving Boston close games without him.

    • Sal

      Gary, Never said I was a Knicks fan. And your wrong, Amare had them in the playoffs long before Melo got there. Melo almost got them out of the playoffs. Case in point were Amares numbers better with or without Melo. You know the answer. They were more of a team without him. In 2 or 3 more games they’ll be out of the playoffs again because Boston plays like a TEAM.

  • Sal

    Bottom line is Melo is for Melo. He doesn’t make anyone on the team a better player which is what the great ones do. He’ll get his numbers but so what if the team loses. He blew the 1st game with his offensive foul and bad shooting. Then in crunch time of game 2 he lets his man loose in the backcourt to run out the clock. Great talent not a great player.

  • Dominick Mezzapesa

    Great players show up EVERY night, not like Melo with his 5-18 game one shooting. Melo, take some tips from Jeter, shut up and just win

  • Dominick Mezzapesa

    Yea I watched, where was the great Melo when the Knicks for a few games fell into the #8 hole and people were actually questioning if they would even make the playoffs.

    You said “granted he did not have the best Game 1” 5-18 shooting, where was Melo then? I did not hear Melo crying “I can’t do it myself”

    When I was talking about his sulking that was during the regular season. Melo LOVES shooting his mouth off after he has a good game. Why not shut his mouth and actually WIN a game.

    No wonder why Denver never said a word after he left, they were so happy to get rid of this loud mouth, cry baby, with his “I am great” whining

  • Brendan Keene

    There is no way that you can say that Melo did not lead the Knicks into the playoffs, the guy is working his ass off, granted he did not have the best Game 1, but to say that “sulked” on the bench…. is a little ignorant, have you been watching the games all season?

  • Dominick Mezzapesa

    Hey Melo way to step it up in game #1. What a moron, you a one decent game that you lost, Amare is the one that got the Knicks into the playoffs while you sulked on the Bench

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