For the second week in a row, a Knick has been named Eastern Conference Player of the Week. This time, it's Carmelo Anthony, who follows last week's winner, J.R. Smith, to win this award for the second time this season.
And why not? All Melo's done is average a robust 41.8 points in four games -- all wins -- on 61 percent shooting and 56 percent from three. He's also averaged 8.3 rebounds a night, rounding out his complete contribution to what now stands as a league-best 12-game winning streak.
As the streak has grown, the quality of competition has increased and Melo has elevated his game accordingly. First, a breathtaking 50-point performance in Miami, followed the next night by 40 more points in Atlanta, then a return home to drop 40 and 14 on the Bucks before culminating in yesterday's 36-point, 12 rebound masterpiece to fuel the Knicks' first-ever win in Oklahoma City.
There are plenty of reasons why the Knicks are streaking now, but chief among them is the all-around play of their superstar. As the playoffs near, they'll continue to count on him. And if the past week is any indication, he'll continue to deliver.