During the latest episode of “What’s In Your Glass” with comedian and actor Mike Epps, Portland Trail Blazers small forward Carmelo Anthony spoke about how the NBA hiatus benefited him, both mentally and physically.
Anthony mentioned that having a four-month layoff due to the global COVID-19 pandemic has him feeling “fresh” for the bubble games.
“Your body feels fresh. Your body and your mind feel fresh. Other than that everything else is – it is what it is,” Carmelo Anthony said, via Jamie Hudson of NBC Sports Northwest.
“As long as you keep working and doing what you’re doing, just sharpening your craft, you’ve got to keep your mind and your body right at the end of the day.”
Before the 2019-20 season was suspended in March, Anthony was averaging 15.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists for the Blazers. The 10-time All-Star was also shooting 42.6 percent from the floor, 37.1 percent from beyond the arc and 84.3 percent from the free-throw line.
The Blazers will face the Memphis Grizzlies, Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers, Dallas Mavericks and Brooklyn Nets in the eight seeding games. Portland has to compile a better record than the Grizzlies, San Antonio Spurs, New Orleans Pelicans, Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns to make the 2020 playoffs as the eighth seed out West.
With Jusuf Nurkic and Zach Collins back in the lineup for the bubble games, the Blazers are finally at full strength for the first time all season. With that said, Portland could make some serious noise down in Orlando.