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NBA Predictions: Will Thunder survive test at Knicks? 12/16/17

17 December, 2017, 02:22 | Author: Lamar Ellis
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Earlier in the week, after Thunder teammate Paul George returned to in for the first time, Anthony couldn't say what kind of reaction he would get or how he would feel Saturday night.

"I believe that. I believe that", he said. "I ain't going nowhere".

And he knows it's going to be an emotional evening.

Melo is looking forward to returning home and is expecting an emotional occasion at MSG.

If Porzingis plays, count on the usual raucous ovation when he's the final starter announced, the spot that previously belonged to Anthony. Surprisingly, the Knicks (15-13) will have a better record when they meet Saturday. This is their first meeting since October 19th 2017, a game Oklahoma City won by the score of 105-84 (Westbrook: 80th career triple-double). Anthony was the scoring champion for the 2012-2013 season after averaging 28.7 points per game. Enes Kanter added 13 points and nine rebounds over 27 minutes. Courtney Lee led the way with a season best 27 points on 9-17 shooting, four rebounds and three assists over 36 minutes. It's most usually created by Russell Westbrook, who has done a superb job of connecting with Adams, but the Thunder has also slowly but surely worked George and Anthony into the mix as ball-handlers in those screening actions. But it hasn't worked out that way yet. "Having them there is very important". But Thunder coach Billy Donovan, who is from Rockville Centre, has confidence the three stars will click because they really want it to work. I think the damage was done at that point. It's challenging. It's new.

"I had a little shock pain there, and that's it".

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Oklahoma City is 2-6 ATS in its last eight meetings in NY. "But without him this year I've had more of an opportunity".

It's been reunion week for the Thunder.

Anthony, 33, returns averaging 18 points per game with the Thunder this season.

Three months after the Knicks traded Anthony to Oklahoma City, their former All-Star is gone and quickly forgotten. But that changed previous year after Jackson took shots at Anthony in the media and on Twitter.

When asked about what type of reception he will likely get from the NY crowd, Anthony said that he anticipates the atmosphere will be a positive one. His teammates said they have his back. "He's talking with the doctors so we're not quite sure yet", Hornacek said less than a half hour before official word arrived. "The same way Melo was there for me the other night".


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