ESPN New York breaks down Carmelo Anthony’s shooting woes in the series, particularly in isolation sets:
In the regular season, Anthony was in isolation on 26 percent of Knicks’ plays that ended with a field goal attempt, free throw or turnover from the All-Star. He had a 41.8 field goal percentage on such plays, according to data compiled by ESPN Stats & Information.
In the playoffs, Anthony has been in isolation on 43 percent of plays that end with the ball in his hand and has shot just 31 percent from the floor on those plays.
The iso-heavy offense seemed to hurt the Knicks on Sunday. Anthony was in isolation 49 percent of the time in Game 4. He shot 10-for-35 from the floor.
I’m not trying to diminish Melo’s impact on this series because he’s averaging 33 ppg and scored some big buckets to squash mini-runs the Celtics mustered in Games 1-3.
But those numbers are awful.
The more Melo shoots, the less damage inflicted by Raymond Felton (I can’t believe I just typed those words...