‘Melo has helped the Knicks to two consecutive wins this week.
New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony has revealed he has made a conscious effort to change strategy over the last two games.
The Knicks ended a nine-game losing streak with back-to-back wins this week, but also winning by an average of 34 points as they begun to find their scoring stroke from beyond the arc.
While Anthony has contributed to their scoring success, he has admitted that he has looked to change his role slightly as it wasn’t working with him dominating the box score alone every night.
“I wanted to do something a little different to see if it worked,” Anthony said, according to ESPN. “Me scoring 30 wasn’t working.”
During Thursday’s emphatic 113-83 win over rivals the Brooklyn Nets, Anthony had 19 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, while against the Orlando Magic on Friday he took just 10 shots for 20 points and 11 rebounds.
The defending NBA scoring leader is currently averaging 25.9 points and 9.9 rebounds per game this season, but has clearly embraced the requirement for the Knicks to return to their playing style from last year.
On their way to the post season, the Knicks made a name for themselves in terms of their ball movement and deadly three-point shooting, and with the likes of Iman Shumpert, Raymond Felton and J.R. Smith still on the roster, they are looking to re-create that success.
Perhaps a coincidence, but since they moved away from that style of play originally they have struggled to make an impression. However, it appears as though they are beginning to turn the corner and will hope to make it three straight wins when they take on the Boston Celtics on Sunday.