Carmelo Anthony struggles in Knicks loss

New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony told reporters that his shoulder was popping in and out during Game 6 against the Boston Celtics. Even so, he said he would be good to go for the second round of the NBA Playoffs. It’s not clear if he was fully healthy for Game 1 against the Indiana Pacers, but it’s certain that he was off for the series opener.

Anthony’s cold streak continued into the second round of the playoffs, as he only shot 10-for-28 during the game. He scored 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, but it still wasn’t an efficient day for the All-Star. Including yesterday’s contest, Anthony is now 35-for-110 over his last four games.

The cold streak could at least be somewhat attributed to Anthony’s recent shoulder injury, which he’s been dealing with over the past few games. Still, he didn’t mention it after Game 1, as he told reporters – including Sam Amick of USA Today – that the Pacers deserve all the credit.

"They flat out played harder than we did today," said Anthony, who was just 6 of 17 from the field through three quarters. "They outplayed and outworked us today and stole one on our home court."

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