Knicks Preview: Keys to Defeating Cleveland Cavaliers

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Nov 11, 2015; Charlotte, NC, USA; New York Knicks forward

Carmelo Anthony

(7) prepares to drive down court as he is defended by Charlotte Hornets guard

Nicolas Batum

(5) during the first half of the game at Time Warner Cable Arena. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

3. Carmelo’s Consistency

If there’s only one reason to be optimistic about the New York Knicks’ short-term future, it’s Carmelo Anthony. Not only is he a future Hall of Famer, but he’s beginning to find his rhythm.

After struggling for most of 2015-16, Anthony is righting the ship in almost every way.

Anthony’s scoring output has increased in four consecutive games. Perhaps more significantly, his field goal percentage has risen in five straight outings.

That trend began with the previous game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Anthony played well against Cleveland the first time around, registering 17 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and a steal. Unfortunately, he shot just 6-of-18 from the field.

Detrimentally, Anthony scored just two points in the fourth quarter of New York’s 96-86 loss to Cleveland. That needs to change.

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