Carmelo Anthony Confident Knicks Will Hang On to Playoff Spot

by April 03, 2012

With the Milwaukee Bucks nipping at their heels for the final Playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, Carmelo Anthony says that he’s confident the New York Knicks will find a way to squeeze into the postseason. From the NY Post: “I believe we’ll make the playoffs,’ Anthony said. ‘We want to utilize the next 13 games and days we have off to get everybody right. The guys who are healthy have to stay healthy. The guys not healthy, got to get healthy.’ Anthony, who said his sore groin is nearing 100 percent, feels he’s finally being used correctly. While former coach Mike D’Antoni’s speedball offense was predicated on creating open looks from the 3-point line, Anthony is now having a field day on the low blocks under interim coach Mike Woodson’s new regime. The Knicks lead Milwaukee by two games following the Bucks’ 112-98 win at Washington last night. The past four games, Anthony has been on a tear, scoring 28, 25, 36 and 19 points as he feasts in an offense better suited for him. ‘Coach Woodson always wanted me to go down there in the post, get to the goal by driving and staying close to the basket,’ Anthony said. ‘So the system he’s put in, not really a system but the offense he’s put in, is to get more post-ups to get closer to the basket and from there start inside out.’ With Amar’e Stoudemire out at least another two weeks and Jeremy Lin out until the playoffs, the offense is focused on Anthony.”