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HOUSTON, TX — Carmelo Anthony's first game coming off the bench was a riveting experience. The Houston Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni also got his first look at Anthony as a (game) closer coming into the fourth quarter with his teammates James Harden, Chris Paul, Eric Gordon, and PJ Tucker.
Chris Paul and James Harden don't have to carry the load by themselves anymore. Carmelo can make plays in the mid-range, post ups, and three pointers which should be better throughout the game. When it comes down to one point, two points, three points, whatever it gives us another big option.
The green light D'antoni offers to launch threes, could also apply to Anthony shot in part of the games were any points will do. Mike D'Antoni had mixed reviews for the lineup, but few complaints with how it is handled this matches defensively. The idea is to get an advantage on the offensive side of the ball since the Rockets switching forces smaller players to defend opposing teams big man anyway.
Judging by what we've seen in the preseason, it looks like the Rockets coach will bring Anthony off the bench and try to maximize his time alongside versatile, athletic forward James Ennis.
That's no guarantee that Anthony will be comfortable immediately, throw Houston's job is to figure out how to take advantage of his talent in a playoff series.