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

Kristaps Porzingis said he hasn't talked to Carmelo Anthony about the issue but knows his former teammate isn't bothered by

Porzingis has shown an ability to navigate the NY media landscape well; being the Knicks' star comes with incredible scrutiny, but the Latvian-who is still just 22 (!) years old-always says the right thing.

In September, Anthony waived his no-trade clause to facilitate a trade to Oklahoma City. Though the Thunder are still in contention for the playoffs, Westbrook's squad is ranked in the bottom tier of the league in offensive efficiency and other advanced team statistics.

The Thunder slugged it out to get late-game wins in both of the two previous stops this week, and as the team rounds out a stretch of three-games-in-four nights, the group will rally behind Anthony. On the eve of the game, Anthony admitted that returning to MSG would be an emotional moment for him.

"Walking in there, it will be a little emotional, " Anthony told a group of reporters at a recent Thunder press gathering.

"It'll be fun, I think it'll be fun tomorrow night, " Anthony said after Friday's victory.

Made the most astute observation regarding Anthony, citing the fact Melo could only play on court based on the system the Knicks were running at the time (and imposed triangle request of Phil Jackson).

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Therefore, OKC arrive in NY tired knowing the Knicks have been virtually unbeatable on their home court. "Coming back to the Garden is always a show", he said. "I'm actually looking forward to just being back in there, playing in front of family, friends". But at the end of the day, it's business to me. Like I said, I got a different feeling with NY. A different relationship, different bond with the city, with the fans, with the people. "Those guys, from what I'm hearing, the little bit that I've seen, are playing well".

Photo Kristaps Porzingis has been averaging 25.5 points a game for the Knicks this season. Oklahoma City took a 13-14 record into Friday's game. Up next, the 10-time NBA All-Star will return to the building where he spent seven seasons of his illustrious career before he was traded to the Thunder this offseason. I want to win for many reasons.

"Well obviously, I would love to have had him here to continue to learn from him", Porzingis said. They've had some tough games, but the most important thing is they stay together...

"I think it will be an appreciation, " Anthony said.

"For the way we need to play to maximize our team, we're going to have to move the ball and share the ball", Donovan explained.

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