Carmelo Anthony Returns to New York Tonight

New York Knicks v Brooklyn Nets

There's no line yet due to Porzingis being questionable with a knee injury. "Emotional as far as excited being back on that court", Anthony said on the eve of the game, via ESPN. Porzingis is playing almost as well as Anthony ever did in NY and seems to enjoy unyielding support from both fans and the front office that Anthony never had.

Carmelo Anthony will play his first game against his former team Saturday, as the Oklahoma City Thunder head to the Big Apple to face the New York Knicks, and Melo says his emotional ties to the city and team, have created some anticipation on his end.

Anthony was traded to Thunder in late September as the team went all-in on a run for a championship this season.

After testing his sore left knee that he injured Thursday in Brooklyn, Porzingis was ruled out against the Thunder in Carmelo Anthony's Madison Square Garden return.

This is the second game of the season between these two teams.

Porzingis, who didn't address the media before Saturday's game, is the Knicks' leading scorer at 25.5 points per game in his third National Basketball Association season - and first since Anthony was dealt to the Thunder just before the start of training camp. NY is looking to snap a four-game losing streak versus the Thunder.

"I think it will be an appreciation, " Anthony said.

"I believe that. I believe that", he said. "But without him this year I've had more of an opportunity". "I'm standing. It's just them being cautious".

With Porzingis out of the game, the Knicks, who improved to 2-8 away from The Garden, saw a 13-point halftime lead evaporate as the Nets chipped away. "He was trying to do the right things to win, but it was just not clicking". Anthony said he has stayed in touch with a number of players on the team, but he hasn't been tracking their every game.

The third-year forward played through some discomfort later in the half but said he felt instability in the knee in the third quarter, so he removed himself from the game.

"Look, we all got to move on, man". "Those guys, from what I'm hearing, the little bit that I've seen, are playing well".

Not many athletes are willing to play in NY and deal with the enormous media demands, and in terms of the Knicks, also cope with decades of mixed results at best. "NY will always be a part of me".

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