That's not quite enough to make me say Yes, though it is close enough that if you need to chase points late, I don't hate it. "Now it's just up to everybody (and) they're going to do whatever it takes to win".
Coming off the bench for Houston with 7 minutes remaining in the first quarter, Rockets offseason pickup Carmelo Anthony received a standing ovation, wearing his familiar headband and the No. 7. He still doesn't want to talk about the possibility of a reserve role in Houston, but he seems to have made peace with playing with the second team if it means he might finally get a ring in his 16th season. "Whatever I have to do to help this team win a championship, that's what's going to be done". The Rockets had no answer for him (or anyone else on the Pelicans for that matter).
It was the first time the 34-year-old has been held to single digits during a season opener.
Anthony said he thinks he is a "natural fit" in Houston.
That's music to the ears of D'Antoni, who at 67 is also still chasing his first title. "It's only Game 1, so we've still got a lot of work to do".
The Pelicans led the league in pace in the preseason, and while I would be inclined to write that off as an aberration, they led the league in pace last season as well. 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.
The most points Houston allowed in regulation last season was 129 points in a loss to Toronto. After being just one game from the NBA Finals, does Houston drastically change the way it plays to incorporate a ball-dominant force such as Carmelo? Ariza signed as a free agent with the Phoenix Suns, while Mbah a Moute returned to the Los Angeles Clippers.
NO. Anthony Davis won 57.8 percent of opening tips last season, compared to 41.1 percent for Clint Capela.
"We've got plenty of guys to choose from", D'Antoni said. "We'll be all right". Despite not starting, our models expect him to play 30.77 minutes against the Pelicans.
After eliciting some laughs with that comment, Paul continued. When asked why he kept the secret for so long, he'll say he was envious of humans: "to be born is to have a soul, I guess". "That's real conversations that we have".
In other games, Giannis Antetokounmpo had 25 points, 18 rebounds and eight assists, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Charlotte Hornets' 113-112. On the wing, reigning NBA MVP James Harden has proven his elite ability to distribute the ball as well, finishing as a top-three player in assists over the past two seasons.
"For sure", Harden said.
Paul was looking forward to increased chemistry not only with Harden, but the rest of the team, too. "And we sort of have some of that now".