Feb. 27, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) pats shooting guard J.R. Smith (8) on the back against the Golden State Warriors during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Knicks won 109-105. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks: Biggest Concern for Remainder of Season

With a little under 30 games remaining in the regular season, New York Knicks fans are just hoping that the playoffs begin as soon as possible, as the Knicks haven’t been close to their dominant form they were earlier in the season.

There are a few concerns that this Knicks team faces for the rest of the season, but their biggest concern is their consistency.

Feb 24, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks point guard Jason Kidd (5) advances the ball during the third quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks won 99-93. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

The Knicks are 5-5 in their last 10 games and have fallen behind the Indiana Pacers to third place in the Eastern Conference. The Knicks cannot, and I repeat, CAN NOT, fall to fourth place or lower.

The Miami Heat are playing out of their mind lately and a No. 4 seed will have them playing the Heat in the second round. Every Knicks fan wants to see Miami no earlier than the Eastern Conference Finals. They are lying if they tell you otherwise.

The Knicks have to find their consistent stroke.

Jason Kidd’s numbers and field goal percentage have fallen off the map. He needs to find his jump shot and start being the consistent player that we saw during the first two months.

Carmelo Anthony also needs to take better shots. ‘Melo’s recent play has his name fading away from the MVP discussion. In addition to the Knicks struggles,  Anthony rightfully so does not deserve the MVP when you see what the likes of LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Chris Paul are doing and how they are doing it.

We all know J.R. Smith loves to shoot and he will shoot the ball regardless, but his bad shots and low shooting percentage can be fatal to the Knicks. They need to win games and stay pace with the Pacers and Heat. Smith and the whole Knicks roster needs to find that consistency that made them one of the best teams in the East in the beginning of the season.

Now? They are just another team that will go as far as their superstar takes them.

Anthony can’t be the only legit scoring threat from the Knicks. They need to play as a team and be consistent. They need to get on a winning streak and get their confidence back. They need to be playing their best basketball as a team once April comes.

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