Published: Fri, October 19, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Carmelo Anthony on coming off the bench: "It’s challenging mentally"

Carmelo Anthony on coming off the bench:

Payton and Julius Randle were the two biggest offseason additions for the Pelicans, who appear to have adjusted nicely to the new blood in the lineup. The Rockets, who avoid long 2-pointers like the plague, watched Anthony take one in his first shot of the regular season. Being lightyears ahead of the rest of the league, they'll manage to convince the New Orleans Pelicans to swap Durant for star big man Anthony Davis under one condition: the Warriors have to take back coach Alvin Gentry.

With that mindset, it seems like a bad time for Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans to try to prove to the National Basketball Association that their season wasn't a fluke and that the team can still be competitive in the ultra-competitive West without DeMarcus Cousins (Warriors) and last-years' late-season MVP Rajon Rondo (Los Angeles Lakers). The veteran scorer shot only 40.4 percent from the field and 35.7 percent from beyond the arc.

They took the National Basketball Association by storm last season and many consider them a legitimate threat to dethrone the Golden State Warriors.

Carmelo Anthony will be in a new role with the Houston Rockets. It's just the way the team works better this way. Can Anthony Davis stay healthy and lead them to the postseason? New Orleans rallied together and swept Portland in the first round of the playoffs. They have the potential to be a lot better than they were at the end of last season.

Nikola Mirotic delivered 30 points and 10 rebounds in the blowout as the Pelicans led by as many as 29 points at one stage.

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Heading into the regular season opener against the Houston Rockets, the consensus opinion was that New Orleans would be at a severe disadvantage going against a star-studded backcourt that almost led Houston to the NBA Finals last season. He assisted on 44.9 percent of his teammates' made shots.

"To come out with a win against a team like that after the season they had and coming off the season we had, we wanted to come out and set a tempo".

"I know it's not the ideal situation for him, because he's a Hall of Famer and all that", head coach Mike D'Antoni said before the loss.

Eric Gordon led the Rockets with 21 points off the bench, while P.J. Tucker and Chris Paul both added 19 points.

Anthony said he thinks he is a "natural fit" in Houston.

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