The 2013 NBA playoffs resumed on Saturday, as the Indiana Pacers dismantled the New York Knicks by a score of 82-71. As a result of its victory, Indiana pulls ahead in the Eastern Conference Semifinals series by a count of 2-1.
During Game 3 specifically, Pacers star Paul George exposed the limitations of 'Melo-ball.
Before we proceed, it's important that we explain just what the term "'Melo-ball" means. This is not just speaking of a heavy reliance, but how the Knicks defer toCarmelo Anthony for their offensive output.
It's all about isolation basketball.
Per Synergy Sports, 27.7 percent of Anthony's possessions have resulted in isolation attempts. Another 20.6 percent led to post-ups, and 14.8 percent resulted in spot-up jump shots.
That accumulates to 63.1 percent of his touches resulting in some form of individual offense.
Clearly, this worked out well enough for Anthony to win the scoring title and the Knicks to finish second in the Eastern Conference. When it comes right down to it, however, New York's reliance upon 'Melo's individual abilities has proven detrimental at times.
Paul George has exposed that during this series.
At the end of the day, George's length and athleticism have been the ultimate X-factor in this series.