"It's challenging mentally more so than anything, having to prepare for the game differently", said Anthony following Houston's blowout 131-112 loss to the visiting New Orleans Pelicans, according to ESPN's Tim MacMahon.
It's unlikely that Davis, who was a 6-foot-3 point guard in high school, will continue dishing out so many assists as the season progresses. In fact, Davis and Mirotic became the first pair of teammates to each produce at least 30 points and 10 rebounds in a season opener since Elgin Baylor and Jerry West, according to a report from Justin Kubatko of StatMuse.
Colin Cowherd is here to connect the dots between the lackluster start by Houston and guess who, off season acquisition Carmelo Anthony. Elfrid Payton, the former John Ehret star, recorded his first New Orleans triple double with 10 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists. Personnel changes have paved the way for him to have a team similar to the one that went 20-8 in the last 28 games of the 2017-2018 season. It has only been one game, but watch out for this Pelicans team as the season progresses. New Orleans led 71-54 at the break and led by 29 points in the second half.
Payton and Julius Randle were the two biggest additions in the off-season. "When we play like this we will be a tough team to beat".
For the first time in his National Basketball Association life, Carmelo Anthony wasn't a part of the starting five for an National Basketball Association game.
Anthony will come off the bench on Wednesday with James Ennis starting at small forward. It helps that New Orleans' bigs are all capable of grabbing the ball off the rim and taking off the other way.
In the end, Anthony Davis is going to be one of the favorites to win MVP and Defensive Player of the Year. The Rockets defense will be able to survive when he's on the floor against most teams, but remember what the Warriors did to Ryan Anderson in the third quarter of game seven? It is the first game of 82.
"This is a very unique and special opportunity, for me as an individual", Anthony said. "We obviously have some things to work on, we've got to get our legs and then go after it". Antony made his first two shot attempts and finished 3-of-10 shooting for nine points in 27 minutes.