Carmelo Anthony -- the superstar Knicks fans love to hate, love to love, and occasionally ask to be just friends...with benefits. It seemed as if quite a few fans were sharpening their castration knives as recently as last Saturday night, the rage from a string of lackluster Melo shooting lines boiling over into the game threads of Knicks sites from here to LoHud. Then, 24 hours later, Melo goes all mushy John Cusak on the Garden faithful, showing up at the bedroom window with a boombox full of threes. Then, he earned a costly late tech. Then, he hit the game-winning shot. So many thens, Melo...stop messing with our hearts!

What sometimes gets lost in the game-by-game critiques of his performance is the fact that Carmelo Anthony is having one of the finest seasons by a Knick -- and I'm talking about "one of the finest seasons since Scott Layden took over," I mean one of the finest seasons ever*.

* In this case, I consider "ever" to be the shot-clock era...that pre-1954 stuff wasn't real basketball!