Carmelo Anthony ready for 'emotional' return vs. Knicks

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He tried to help the team win whether it was the style some fans want or didn't want but he competed night in and night out.

The New York Knicks (15-13) will host the Oklahoma City Thunder (14-14) in an inter-conference match-up at Madison Square Garden on Saturday (Sunday AEDT).

He said he felt his knee "buckle a little" while making a second-quarter pass. "They just need some time to try to get used to each other and stuff, but once they get the chemistry together, I think they're gonna beat Houston, Golden State, whoever, in the West".

This is the second game of the season between these two teams. I spent a lot of time there. "There was great times, there was bad times". Regardless, I stuck with it. "Hopefully people recognize that". I still believe they are the best team in the West... "I am featured more, which is normal".

NY enters the clash with Oklahoma City at 15-13 overall, 13-5 at home, and 2-8 on the road.

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If Porzingis plays, count on the usual raucous ovation when he's the final starter announced, the spot that previously belonged to Anthony.

The New York Knicks would move on, and so would he. "I'm looking forward to that". They're 14-14 on the season, also clinging to the eight-seed. He was their leading scorer and team leader, and coach Jeff Hornacek had already said Anthony would be in the starting lineup if he remained on the team. He led the Knicks in scoring and was an All-Star during each of his six full seasons in NY. "It'll be a fun game and a fun night..." Doug McDermott is bringing another 8.5 points a night off the bench.

During their last five games, the Knicks have scored an average of 107.2 points per game (2.6 above their season average) and allowed an average of 102.4 points per game (1.6 below their season average).

Joel Embiid was quick to respond after the Thunder's Russell Westbrook waved him off the court and told him to "go home" following OKC's win Friday night.

"I don't think he deserves to be booed, " Thomas said. "I am anxious about the Knicks". The match is being billed as Carmelo Anthony's first appearance in NY since being traded to Oklahoma City ahead of the 2017-18 National Basketball Association season. The 22-year-old is averaging 25.5 points (a career high), 6.6 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game. The Knicks enter this contest with a 5-5 record in their last 10 games and a 13-5 mark at home. "So it's more about being cautious", Porzingis said. "Guys are trying to be unselfish and figure this thing out and we're sticking with it".