This of course comes courtesy of Carmelo's most recent late game heroics:
Really good defense by Granger.
Although, I think defenders will have to start forcing Carmelo to drive more - even if it means overplaying.
Double teaming may also be a good look.
Not really much you can do in a one on one situation with Carmelo.
Look how he:
A) pushes off his defender to get open
B) catches the ball with his left hand (great pass) and simultaneously establishes his left foot as a pivot
C) turns to face the defender
D) Dribbles once with his left to hesitate/create space
E) pulls up right over the top of the defender for the shot - look how quickly he does it.
Did you know that Carmelo now has 16 game winning shots in his career (2 with the Knicks)?
It's an art that he has mastered.
Also of note, during this 7 game stretch Carmelo is averaging 30.9 points and 9 rebounds per game (on 49% shooting).
Can't ask for much more.
Although an upset in the first round would be nice.
The Knicks will play either the Heat or Celtics.
If the playoffs started today it would be the Celtics, which I happen to think would be the better match-up for them.
I guess either way, all the Knicks have to do is keep it close down the stretch, and then let Carmelo operate.