Will fans at the Pepsi Center boo Carmelo Anthony tonight when he returns to face the Denver Nuggets for the first time since being traded two years ago?
I say yes. They will boo Anthony like they booed him when he was demanding to get out of Denver. They will boo him because he gave up on a team that consistently made the playoffs. They then will cheer as the Nuggets put the game out of reach for Anthony and his New York Knicks.
Ty Lawson is the only player on the current roster for the Nuggets who was with the team when Anthony still played in Denver. Lawson will look to continue his hot play and help the team win their 10th overall and their 14th in a row at home.
Anthony returned last game against the Golden State Warriors after missing three games with a knee injury. He will play tonight, but don’t look for him to be dominant. He is definitely not 100 percent and former Nugget and teammate J.R. Smith will undoubtedly try and pick up the slack.
Melo only scored 14 points with ten rebounds against the Warriors and the Knicks got blown out 92-63.
The Nuggets don’t lose at home and I think it’s safe to go ahead and guarantee victory tonight. The different-looking Nuggets will send Melo off with a loss, advancing to 29-3 at home and 44-22 overall.
The Knicks currently sit at second in the Eastern Conference and while the Nuggets are fifth in the West, they have a better record than the Knicks and most assuredly have a better bench.
Andre Miller, JaVale McGee, Corey Brewer and Wilson Chandler will all look to do their part in showing the league you can win consistently with no superstar on the roster. However, Danilo Gallinari and Lawson are both looking to reach that superstar level by the end of the season with their lights-out play.
The atmosphere will be crazy and fans will be looking for every opportunity to let Melo hear them. Anthony is nursing a knee injury and after tonight he will also be nursing his ego.