Anthony’s status is a major concern for a Knicks team in search of their second victory over Miami this season. New York relies on Anthony’s ability to shoot from the 3-point line, break down the opposition off the dribble, and work in the post while playing the power forward position.
James and Anthony will not necessarily defend each other on every possession but for a majority of the game, the two friends will be highlighted one-on-one. Miami’s MVP, Finals MVP, and Sportsman of the Year is an absolute beast in the open floor. James will attack in transition and in the halfcourt with a strong first step. Anthony and the Knicks interior defense must keep James out of the paint and off the free throw line.
If New York can turn James into a jump shooter for a majority of the contest, the team will have a chance at limiting his impact and force Dwyane Wade and the other scorers to make plays on the offensive side of the floor.
What's Melo's status, boys?