Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Carmelo's Nightmare Continues

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Carmelo's Nightmare Continues

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NEW YORK -- Carmelo Anthony rarely lets his frustration show, but in the second quarter Saturday night, he took the ball and slammed it hard into the court, catching it and then catching himself, smiling lightly as he walked to the free throw line.

Anthony has admitted that he imagines a future when he is chasing championships with his pal LeBron James by his side. But his dreams were punctured again on this night by the sad reality of his situation.

There is no LeBron James on the Knicks with him, not to mention the other star pals, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul, who the group imagines someday uniting on one team. So Anthony was left on the short end of another one-sided loss, this one a 107-93 defeat at the hands of James and Cavaliers, in another losing season.

James led the way for Cleveland with his third triple-double of the season, finishing with 27 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, while Anthony had 28 points in a losing effort. But even as they fell again, Anthony insisted he wasn't envious of his friend.

"No, no, no. I'm actually happy for him," Anthony said. "His situation has always been totally different than my situation, every season, every year has always been different for the both of us. So I can never be jealous or envious of his situation."

The Knicks' slim chances were preserved for another day from official elimination, no thanks to their own efforts, but thanks to the Nets beating Indiana. The Pacers play today and any Indiana win or a Knicks' loss puts the official stamp on a third straight season out of the playoffs.

"I've been quoted before saying what the state of 'Melo's been," James told reporters at the Cavs' morning shootaround at Madison Square Garden. "But it's hard for me to comment on their situation because anytime I comment on anybody else's situation, it gets blown out of proportion. …

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