It Will Be Anthony vs. Knicks, but Maybe Not Anthony vs. Porzingis

Carmelo Anthony of the Oklahoma City Thunder against

After escaping Philadelphia with a triple overtime win Saturday, the Thunder flew to NY overnight to prepare for the Knicks.

Anthony was dealt to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Enes Kanter and Doug McDermott, ending months of drama with the New York Knicks that began with then-team president Phil Jackson publicly stating his desire to trade Anthony. "Emotional as far as excited being back on that court", Anthony said on the eve of the game, via ESPN.

Even if an absent Porzingis takes away some of the thunder from the game, Anthony and his new squad should make up for it. Anthony told Thunder reporters earlier in the week that he was eagerly awaiting his MSG return. Play in front of those fans.

"I think he was as professional as he can be in his time here in NY, so I don't see why they would not receive him with love", Porzingis told ESPN on Thursday. But at the end of the day, it's business to me. He said he felt his knee "buckle a little" while making a second-quarter pass.

Porzingis certainly is in the minority with that line of thinking, but when asked Thursday about Melo's return to NY, the 22-year-old tried to quiet the jeers before they even began.

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"I don't think they will (boo Anthony)", Thomas said.

After visiting the Knicks, Anthony and the Oklahoma City Thunder will return home to host the Denver Nuggets (Monday), Utah Jazz (Wednesday) and Atlanta Hawks (Friday) before starting a new road trip. So I think it'll be a fun game, a fun night.

Porzingis averages 25.5 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.1 blocked shots.

If New York is going to defeat Oklahoma City, it will need all hands on deck.

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