BOSTON -- If Carmelo Anthony was depressed or disturbed or otherwise discombobulated in the wake of his poor playoff debut for the Knicks, he did not show it after practice Monday.
Oh, he did acknowledge that after a night such as his 5-for-18, five-foul, five-turnover flop in Game 1, he does "think about what happened, how the game went, what I could've done differently, what we could have done differently as a team."
But as for the specifics, capped by his miss on a long three-point attempt in the final seconds, there was no second-guessing, and no doubt he would return Tuesday night with a clear conscience.
"I'm good," he said. "I'm excited, man, about Game 2."
"I think he didn't want the defense to get set," Anthony said. When a reporter informed him the Knicks had no timeouts, he said: "I didn't know, to be honest with you. Maybe that's my bonehead play."
Still, he said, the chance he got was one he was comfortable with. "The shot felt good when I released it," he said. "It fell a little short. I done made that shot before. Sometimes you miss it."
Did he consider driving in hopes of getting a tying two-pointer or drawing a foul? He said he wanted to shoot quickly to give the team a shot at an offensive rebound if he missed.
Did he consider passing to an open Toney Douglas, who was waving his arms? "At that point in time, I'm just thinking of making a big play, making a big shot," he said.
D'Antoni attributed Anthony's shooting drought to the fact that "he is human." The coach also refused to second guess him on the final shot. "He's the best finisher of games in the past 10 years, if I'm not mistaken," he said. "I don't think that's fair to him . . . Would we both like to have it back? Yeah, I am sure he would be the first guy who would like to have it back."
The final shot was far from Anthony's only misadventure Sunday, which began with him taking a seat after committing two fouls in the first 1:28.
And less than 20 seconds before that game-deciding miss, there was a game-turning offensive foul against Paul Pierce.
"It was going on the whole game, not just with me, that physical play down there in the post," he said. "Especially with 20-something seconds left on the clock, I wasn't expecting a call like that."
Anthony entered Game 1 averaging 24.5 points and 42.4 percent shooting in his playoff career. One off night didn't erase all that. "Shots were going in and out, shots were coming up short," he said. "I know I can make those shots. It's just a matter of them not going in, putting a little more leg into it. But they're the same shots I would take over and over. They're the shots I want to take."