If Melo played tonight it would be because the chemistry was ruined.
Tonight's loss may be for the best: now, when Melo comes back, they're not riding on a huge winning streak. If Melo/J.R. Smith came in and the Knicks after being on a big streak, the hate would be insurmountable.
I like that Smith started off hot, but he's gotta dish more too. The ball can't stop when it hits his hands...and he really hasn't been guilty of that today, maybe 1 or 2 poor decision shots I can remember. Just don't want bad habits happening, they (Smith and Melo) need to work to D'antoni/Lin/Chandler/Amare...the system works.