Rumors have been circulating for months that Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony could finish the season as a New York Knick. Coming off his best performance of the season, and maybe of his career scoring 20 points and grabbing a career-high 22 rebounds, Anthony might have been tuning up for an in-game interview tonight with the hapless Knicks, who are 3-7 and riding a five-game losing streak. If Anthony is convinced that he is taking his talents to Madison Square Garden, he will be met there by longtime friend and Anthony wedding toaster, Amar'e Stoudemire and his 20.8 points per game and 8.1 rebounds per game.
The Nuggets are coming off a grueling 100-94 loss last night in Phoenix, and are in the second game of their fourth back-to-back series of the young season. With the loss the Nuggets evened their record on the season at 5-5.
Andrew Feinstein of Denver Stiffs looks at the record
Under normal circumstances, being .500 at this point in the season wouldn't be a big deal considering the difficulty of the Nuggets schedule. But with every game possibly affecting Melo's decision-making, we need wins early and often. Trouncing the Knicks and showcasing their myriad of flaws as a basketball team and organization won't hurt.
Under these circumstances look for Chauncey Billups, Nene, Arron Afflalo and the rest of the Nuggets to step up in light of all the rumor talk and show Melo just what he would be missing if he headed east.