March 3, 2018, 4:45 pmCarmelo AnthonyPF, Oklahoma City Thunder
Carmelo Anthony will miss Saturday’s game against the Blazers for rest purposes.
The Thunder had a surprisingly hard-fought game against Phoenix last night but it’s still surprising to see Melo get a rest day with OKC suddenly in danger of falling out of playoff position. As far as true power forward replacements, Jerami Grant and Patrick Patterson stick out as the obvious options. Grant is a nice play if you need rebounds and blocks while Patterson will probably get you a couple 3-pointers. The Thunder could also shift Josh Huestis around, which might open up time for Alex Abrines, Terrance Ferguson and Corey Brewer. Outside of Grant it’s not a very inspiring bunch.
Source: Casey Holdahl on Twitter