Anthony: “I’m not playing well, and it starts with me on this team.”

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The Knicks have installed the triangle offense to go along with their new management. The Knicks have struggled with it so far. The offense has more ball movement, but Carmelo Anthony admits he is not comfortable with the new offense yet.

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Anthony in a Shooting Slump:

Anthony is 18-for-64 (28 percent) in his past three games. The Knicks need Anthony’s shot to win games. Against the Wizards, Anthony had 18 points, 8-23, on 34% shooting. Against the Pistons, Anthony had 13 points, 5-21, on 23% shooting with 8 assists. Against the Nets, Anthony had 19 points, 5-20, on 25% shooting.

According to Ian Begley of ESPN,

Anthony After Friday’s Game:

“I’m still getting there man, I’m still trying to find that comfort zone, still trying to find a way to get it going and just play better,” Anthony said after the Knicks (2-4) lost their third straight game. “We’re not playing well, I’m not playing well and it starts with me on this team. So I’ve got to get myself going, and I think that will trickle down to everyone else.”

“I’m still trying to figure it out,” he said. “I don’t think these teams are doing anything differently. … For me it’s just not going in. Whether it’s rhythm, whatever it may be. There just not going in. Those are shots that I’ve been making and I will make, continue to make, throughout my career.”

Coach Derek Fisher on Triangle Offense:

“It’s definitely not second nature. It can be you’re thinking too much. I don’t know. It’s early but we have to figure it out,” he said. “We have to kind of nip that in the bud. System or no system, we still have to go out there and play hard. We give our all out here on the court, and whether we win or lose we can live with that.”

According to ESPN Stats & Information, Anthony is the first player to take 20 or more shots in consecutive games while making five or fewer since he did it himself in 2004. (He went 5 for 21 in the Knicks’ loss to Detroit on Wednesday).

Point Guard Shane Larkin on the Triangle Offense:

“He’s just trying to figure things out,” point guard Lankin said. “I think he’s thinking a lot out there. He’s, in my opinion, the best scorer in the NBA. … I think he’s out there thinking like, ‘All right, I just did this. Now what do I need to do to stay within the system?’ And I think that’s something that everybody is doing.”

 

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