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Why the Knicks should move on from Carmelo Anthony

Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Just when you think that this Knicks season could not have gotten any worst, this video pretty much summarizes the Knicks season as a whole thus far. 

With a 18-23 record and losing 10 out of their last 12 games, this season may very well turn out to be, if it hasn't already another forgettable and disappointing season.

Unfortunately, the guy who is front and center to this whole debacle has been Carmelo Anthony. So why is he still a part of this sinking ship?  I believe it's time for the Knicks and Carmelo to part ways if they are ever going to be a championship team again. With this season starting to slip away from them, the talk of whether or not Melo should waive his no-trade clause has been brought back to his attention. Melo, when asked about if he has even considered it, said: "I've never even thought about that." He added "I guess people are talking about it but its not something I've thought about so far. "

Unless some miracle turnaround occurs within the next couple of weeks, it's already a foregone conclusion how this season will play out if the same results occur with the Knicks continuing to lose. What is also interesting is how the bickering relationship between Melo and Phil is playing out in front of us. With one of Phil's longtime friends Charley Rosen chiming in on his opinion of Melo in a recent article writing that "The only sure thing is that Carmelo Anthony has outlived his usefulness in New York." Even if that didn't come from the horses' mouth in Phil himself, his feelings are very clear and a breakup is inevitable between the two parties.

This past week gave us a clear indication as to how bad the Knicks are as a franchise. From D-Rose going AWOL on Monday while not notifying the club on his whereabouts, The Knicks decided to fine him but not suspend him for his actions. On Wednesday they blew a 10-point lead in the 4th quarter to the Sixers and lost at the buzzer. This Knick season is imploding right in front of our eyes.

If the Knicks want to go back to relevancy and focus on being a championship team, then getting rid of Melo should be a priority. Kristaps Porzingis is the future for the Knicks and Melo is easily holding his growth back. Trading Melo to a contending team like Cleveland or to LA would make sense instead of trying to be stubborn to see if the season could be salvaged. He could also ride it out for this season if he wanted too.  He does have two years left on his deal with a player option for the final year and can wait till then if he is having second thoughts on staying with the Knicks.  

Carmelo does carry the key to his future, but the future looks more and more bleak in NY. He may not be the same player he once was, but he isn't helping himself or the Knicks by holding them hostage until the right deal is in place that is if he wants to take it. Until that day comes, it will be another long dreadful year for the Knicks franchise if they have any hope left.   

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Giants Week 12 Grades/Analysis

Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

With the NFL season starting to wind down, trap games are inevitable. Struggling teams fighting for a playoff spot, while other teams who are out of it look to spoil the fun. The New York Giants were entering into a trap game themselves going up against the winless Cleveland Browns. Now they may not have crushed the Browns the way we would’ve wanted them too, they managed to win their sixth in a row with a 27-13 victory. While they may not have dominated, they did just enough to win the game. Let’s recap.

Running Game: C+

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Sunday may have confirmed who would be the 1-2 punch for the GIants when it comes to the running attack in Rashad Jennings & Paul Perkins. Now having said that, the running game once again struggled to get any kind of rhythm going at all. Jennings got most of the workload rushing for 55 yards on 15 carries while Perkins rushed for 29 yards on just 9 carries. That was the bad news. The good news is that help may be on the way. Shane Vereen could return on Dec 11th against Dallas which should boost the running game.

Passing Game: B

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Eli Manning surely displayed his strengths and weakness on Sunday. On one hand, he didn’t throw an interception which has plagued him all year. He threw for 3 TDs converting on 15 of his 27 attempts for 197 yards. However, his accuracy was a problem failing to connect to Odell Beckham Jr. on multiple occasions that could’ve easily put the Browns away. Despite this, Odell Beckham Jr. had another monster game with 6 catches for 96 receiving yards and 2 scores. Even though Cruz had 1 catch, Shepard was not even targeted at all which is a head scratcher as to why.

Run Defense: A

It is becoming perfectly clear that the run defense has been stout. The $200 million dollar price tag was worth the spending as the G-men continued to dominate the Browns offense starting with the running game. Only allowing 58 yards on the ground, it is the 11th straight game in which the Defense has not allowed a 100-yd rusher. While they dominated against the run, against the pass they proved to be just as good.

Pass Defense: B

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I’m separating this because it was a tale of two different positions. The front four for the G-men are proving to be the best in football. With 7 sacks in total, the front four are an intimidating force. Jason Pierre-Paul is continuing to show signs of being one of the best DE's in the game. His stat sheet was stuffed with 3 sacks, 5 solo tackles, 1 FF, and 1 FR that he ran back for a touchdown. In his last two weeks: 12 tackles, 5.5 TFL (tackles for loss), 6 QB Hits, 5.5 sacks, 2 FF and 1 INT/TD.

While the D-Line dominated, the coverage was a different story. Allowing 332 passing yards through the air was a major problem. They even allowed 131 of those passing yards to Terrelle Pryor. The coverage team regressed this week and against the Browns we give them a pass. But they must step it up and take it to another level against the Steelers if they are going to have any chance of winning.

Special Teams: C

Robbie Gould for the 3rd time missed an extra point try. His kicking mate Brad Wing on the other hand had a quality performance punting the ball 9 times and pinning the Browns inside the 20 on 5 of those occasions. A muffed punt from Bobby Rainey that led to turnover led to Odell Beckham Jr getting some work. While he did take a punt back for a touchdown, it was taken back because of a penalty. The special teams for the Giants has continued to struggle and yesterday was no different.

Now is where it gets interesting. As the Giants sit at 8-3, their schedule is going to get tougher. Their next opponent will be against the 6-5 Pittsburgh Steelers on the road. The next 5 games will be a brutal stretch. And if the Giants want to prove to us they should be in the conversation among the best in football, they have to play near perfect football in these next games to show us this team is forreal.

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Giants Week 11 Grades/Analysis

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The winning keeps on ticking and once again the Giants’ defense steps up and saves the day as they held onto a 22-16 win at home against the Chicago Bears. With their 5th win in a row, Big Blue has looked much better and has been a force to be reckoned with in the NFC. Sure the games are never pretty, but a win's a win no matter how ugly it is. Here’s a recap of how it all went down.

Running Game: B-

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Seems as though Rashad Jennings has been taking some notes and picked up where he left off last week. Both Jennings and Perkins combined to rush for over 100-yds for the second straight game. Jennings continues to look better exploiting holes and finding those running lanes. Credit the O-line as well for opening up the running lanes for Jennings to take advantage. With 21 carries for 85 yards, the running game is improving each week instead of it being the achilles heal.

Passing Game: B+

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Eli is again showing his efficient play by continuing his effectiveness. With 2 TDs on the game, Eli continued his hot play with his elusiveness and buying enough time to extend the plays avoiding any sacks. With the three headed monster not at its best, Cruz, Beckham, and Shepard each still played a role in the win with Shepard catching a touchdown pass in the 2nd quarter. Eli didn’t dominate the game, but he did more than enough to keep this team in it while the defense did the rest.

Run Defense: B

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Another game, another stellar performance from the Giants D as they once again didn’t allow the Bears to gain 100 yds rushing. Comparing last year to this year’s run defense, they went from 24th a year ago to 7th this year. That is no fluke. This defense has paid off big time and with the additions the Giants made in the offseason, don’t be surprised if this D can carry them into the playoffs and onto the Super Bowl.

Pass Defense: A-

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Sure it was against a lifeless Bears team that has nothing to play for other than pride and a little bit of respect, but this front 4 should be given each a game ball. With a season high 4 sacks, Vernon, Harrison, Hankins, and Pierre-Paul all contributed big time in pressuring the quarterback. Landon Collins once again is showing signs of becoming one of the best safeties in the league with 6 tackles and sealing the outcome of the game with his 5th interception in 4 games. There’s no doubt who has been the focal point to this hot streak and it has been this unit on defense.

It has become evident that the Giants have been one of the hottest teams in the NFL. Even though it was against the Chicago Bears, as long as you beat the teams that is on your schedule it always helps. Their next opponent is against the winless 0-11 Cleveland Browns. To say it should be an easy win is an understatement, but knowing this Giants team likes to keep their games close they oughta take advantage of this for them to go 8-3. Could you call them a Super Bowl contender? Who knows, anything is possible in the NFL. 


    

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