Ask Carmelo Anthony what he's most thankful for this holiday season, and it wouldn't be surprising if playing against the Bulls quickly came up in conversation.
Presumed out of the league for good mere months ago, Anthony just took home Western Conference Player of the Week honors in only his second week since signing with the Trail Blazers. The opponents he faced? The Bulls, the Thunder and - ah, man - the Bulls, again. Portland won all three contests. Something about this doesn't feel incidental.
In those two games against Chicago, Anthony averaged 24 points and 9.5 rebounds on a clean 50% shooting, both from the field and from three. In the first three games of his Trail Blazers tenure, which preceded his ceremonious visit to the United Center last Monday, Anthony was 15-for-44 (34.1%) from the field and 5-for-16 (31.3%) from three. Anthony has dropped 20+ points on the Bulls for four different teams in his career.
Last week in the Western Conference also featured James Harden scoring 60 points in three quarters against the Hawks and Luka Doncic averaging 33/9.3/8 on 45.1% shooting and 22.8 field goal attempts per (yes, that's par for the course for Luka, but we can't lose sight of how ridiculous he is).
But Anthony snagged the award (*HardenEyeRoll.gif*), and in doing so added to, let's be honest, one of the feel-good stories of the season. In his only non-Bulls game of the week, Anthony dropped 19 points on 9-for-11 shooting against another former team (sorry) in the Thunder.
Revenge-week Melo scary, I guess.
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