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Melo Thanks Knicks Fans In His Return To MSG

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There was a standing ovation on Saturday night when Carmelo Anthony made his return to Madison Square Garden. Melo thanked the Knicks and the fans. “That was big-time, and for me that goes a long way,” Anthony said.

The Knicks handled Anthony’s return with class. Instead of playing to the bitter fans that were upset that the player left, the Knicks decided to honor Melo with a highlight video before his introduction.The video showed some of the big shots and highlight games during Anthony’s 6 seasons in New York and was met with a loud ovation from the Madison Square Garden crowd.

“It’s a bittersweet feeling for me — coming back here, knowing the goals that I had, what I wanted to accomplish here and falling short in that category,” he said.

Anthony,  was held to 12 points on 5-of-18 shooting Saturday. He went scoreless in the second half, and the Knicks spoiled his return by topping the Thunder 111-96.

As a Knick fan, it was hard to watch Melo step on the court for another team. But I also understand that we had Phil Jackson in the front office that couldn’t get it down. At the end of the day Melo to Thunder was good for him and the team, so I refuse to boo him unless we meet in the playoffss

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Giannis Saves The Day With A Clutch Tip In

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The Milwaukee Bucks were down the Boston Celtics 2-1 in the series. But in Game 4, Giannis was determined not to let his squad lose.

The Greek Freak come up with a big play in the final seconds on Sunday. He scored 27 points with 5 seconds left and the Bucks looking at an L.  Malcolm Brogdon’s missed a potential game-winning layup,  Antetokounmpo was able to tip the ball in to steal the win.

Antetokounmpo “made a great tip-in and he was battling for the ball. That’s what great players do,” said Boston coach Brad Stevens.

“One of the most important things that we can carry from this game moving forward is that we stayed disciplined and we trusted one another,” Antetokounmpo said.

Game 5 is Tuesday night in Boston.

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Should Donovan Mitchell Be The ROY

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This year has been a tight race between Donovan Mitchell and Ben Simmons. Ben Simmons technically redshirted a year. Mitchell has been balling from the jump.

Mitchell has decided to bring the conversation to the forefront with a little shade in the mix.

“I’ll say this. I’ll put it in perspective for people who obviously don’t play in the NBA and don’t know the life of the NBA. So, let’s say you have an exam to take on June 1 and you have a whole year to study for that exam, you’re going to get a pretty good grade on it, aren’t you? But some people may not have all that time to prepare for that exam. So, that’s how I look at it and I hope that puts it in perspective for people.” said Mitchell, “But at the end of the day, we’re in the fourth seed. I got the Defensive Player of the Year and the Coach of the Year on my team, so I’m happy.”

“It’s not Ben’s fault but [Mitchell] is a TRUE rookie. He didn’t have an entire year to train and practice against NBA talent. He didn’t get to sit on a bench and watch film and dedicate [his] life to basketball.

“Donovan’s next best offensive players are Rudy Gobert (spoiler alert DPOY) and Ricky Rubio….. no disrespect but nuff said. Ben has a wealth of monsters and proven offensive guys around that he does an amazing job facilitating for.

“Donovan also lead his team on a 10+ game winning streak [and] average[d] 20+ pts. If you have never done it you don’t know how hard that is for a TRUE ROOKIE. Ben is a future HOF’er and it’s very close but best and most surprising rookie is DONOVAN MITCHELL.. I’ll only concede CO ala JKIDD and GHILL.”

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Anthony Davis And Jrue Holiday Combine For 88 Points For Round One Sweep

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Anthony Davis scored 47 points and Jrue Holiday added 41 more as the New Orleans Pelicans completed their first-round NBA playoff sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers 131-123.

Davis and Holiday tied the NBA record for most points ever scored by a duo in a single game in NBA playoff history. AD also made history becoming just the 7th player in NBA History to total at least 250 PTS in his first eight playoff games.

“It’s a great feeling for me to go out and, like [Rondo] said, ‘Build your legacy. Be great.’ So it was a great time for me to show that,” said Davis.

“I just tried to go out every game and play to the best of my ability so I can help the team win,” Davis said. “Just trying to build a legacy in New Orleans, and let people know that we’re for real.”

Both Holiday and Davis scored one point more than Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen.

 

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