On Tuesday night, the Portland Trail Blazers beat Orlando Magic 106-97. However, that was not the only win for the Blazers as Carmelo Anthony climbed up the ladder of the NBA’s all-time scorers list. He surpassed Hall of Fame point guard Oscar Robertson for the 12th spot with 26711 points to his name.
Melo scored his 26711th point with a baseline fadeaway shot, which was a treat to the eyes. The Portland Trail Blazers have been dealing with many injuries to their starting squad. This has resulted in more game time for Carmelo Anthony, who has made the most of this opportunity.
Carmelo Anthony this season
The number of injuries to the squad has resulted in the 18-year-old veteran seeing more minutes in every game. And Melo has not disappointed, averaging 23.4 points per game. He has been using his vast experience to weave through the opposition and score from outrageous angles.
Moving on up!
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In the game last week against Washington Wizards, Anthony surpassed Dominique Wilkins by scoring 21 points in the game. If this rich vein of form continues, then we can see him overtake Hakeem Olajuwon and Elvin Hayes within this season and cement his place in the NBA hall of fame for good.
The Trail Blazers
Seated in fifth, the Portland Trail Blazers find themselves coasting comfortably to a place in the playoffs. However, the Western Conference is very competitive this season and sides like the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets will try to upstage the Blazers.
The responsibility to keep the team performing well falls on the shoulders of experienced players like Carmelo Anthony and coach Terry Stotts when other prominent players like CJ McCollum are injured.
Having qualified to the playoffs last season, the expectations from this side have increased manifold. Further, with MVP candidates like Lillard in their ranks, the team must feel it necessary to emulate the feats of last year.