Not sure what Melo did, but the officials the last few games just don’t want to give him calls. For as good as a player Melo is and how well he has been playing he has been getting no respect from the officials.
Since the Nuggets left for the road trip, Carmelo Anthony has shot only 28 free throws in seven games. Compared to Lebron, who has shot 51 free throws in his previous four games and it isn’t like Melo is just shooting jump shots. He is shooting from all over, behind the arc, midrange and attacking the basket and still no call. Anthony has also been attacking the glass. He grabbed 40 rebounds in the previous three games and has recorded double-double in each game. Even his teammates, Nene (46) and Chauncey Billups (43) have shot more free throws in the last seven games.
So what will it take? Does he need to fall? Break a bone? Run over the defenders? What?
- With George Karl still struggling with his chemo-therapy, assistant coach Adrian Dantley coached his sixth game of the season.
- Reggie Miller and Carmelo Anthony talked before the game, as Melo went over and acknowledged the TNT crew.
- Chauncey Billups and Chris Paul didn’t exactly exchange pleasantries before the game. And Paul spent much of the game complaining about Billups to the officials.
- Former Nuggets player Robert Pack is an assistant coach for the Hornets.
- Former Nuggets player James Posey also plays for the Hornets and he got his fair share of trash talking from the fans. One fan told him to retire and Posey responded ‘And do what?’ He was also told that Viagra is hiring for a sponsor.
- Melo recorded a career-high 18 rebounds and after the game he stated he was going for 20. He has been on a roll the last few games. In the last three games, Anthony has averaged 33.3 points, 13.3 rebounds and three assists. He has also hit 42 of 86 shots.
- Nene continues to play well and surprisingly with more passion. He filled the box score, with 20 points, six rebounds, five assists, five steals and three blocked shots. He also said after the game he needs to work on rebounding more.
- JR Smith led the Nuggets with 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting the first half. However, he missed all seven of his shots in the second half and was benched in the fourth.
- The Nuggets held the Hornets to 80 points and ripped down 20 offensive rebounds.
- The Birdman had 13 rebounds.
- JR was held scoreless in the second half.
- Billups only scored 10 points for the second straight game. He struggled from the field, making only 2 of 12 shots and missed all four of three-point attempts. In the previous two games, Billups hit only four of 21 shots and missed all 10 of treys.
- The Nuggets entire team struggled shooting the ball (outside of Nene, Melo and Petro, who hit both of his shots). Outside of those three, the rest of the team hit 16 of 56 shots.
- The Nuggets started the final quarter with a lineup of Chris Andersen, Malik Allen, Joey Graham, JR Smith and Anthony Carter, which started the quarter by missing three shots and having three turnovers. With that lineup in the game the Hornets cut the lead to 10. It was eerie similar to the Houston game, but Dantley quickly put in Billups and Melo to slow the momentum.
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