There were many excellent candidates for SCIC’s Performance of the Week award this week.
Miami Heat forward LeBron James, Los Angeles Clippers‘ point guard Chris Paul and Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant are the three best players in the league and will likely be in the running for this award every single week.
Durant and James were spectacular, but it was New York Knicks‘ forward Carmelo Anthony who led his team to a perfect 3-0 week despite going through even more scrutiny in New York City than usual.
With injuries piling up (Tyson Chandler and Beno Udrih missed the Knicks’ last game) and the controversy surrounding J.R. Smith continuing to dominate the headlines, Anthony has been the constant.
In a 92-80 victory over the Dallas Mavericks Sunday night, Anthony struggled with his shot, going just six-of-16 from the field. He still finished with 19 points and contributed in other ways, grabbing seven rebounds, dishing out five assists, recording three steals and blocking a shot in a key road victory.
Two days later, Anthony helped the Knicks hold off a late rally by the Detroit Pistons to hang on for an 89-85 victory. Anthony hit arguably the biggest shot of the night when he hit a three-pointer with 2:11 to go that extended the Knicks’ lead to six after the Pistons staged a 15-4 run. He also hit two free throws with two seconds left to seal the game. Anthony finished with 34 points on 13-of-24 (six-of-seven from beyond the arc) shooting, four rebounds, four steals, two assists and a block.
On Thursday, Anthony helped the Knicks upset the Miami Heat 102-92. Anthony scored eight of the Knicks’ 27 points in the decisive fourth quarter. Anthony had 29 points on 12-of-24 shooting, grabbed eight rebounds, dished out five assists and had two steals.
For the week, Anthony averaged 27.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game.
Anthony didn’t have the best week of his career. In fact, it was far from it (although he was very good), but he led the Knicks to three victories at a time where they badly need wins.