Carmelo Anthony Shrugs Off Crunch Time Struggles

by March 26, 2018

Carmelo Anthony finished with six points and missed 10 of 13 shot attempts in the OKC Thunder’s 108-105 loss to the visiting Portland Trail Blazers, but refused to beat himself up over his shooting woes.

Anthony bricked three crucial three-point attempts down the stretch, prompting reporters to question Thunder head coach Billy Donovan‘s faith in the 10-time All-Star.

Donovan says he will continue to stick with Melo at crunch time.

Per The Norman Transcript:

“When you look at it as a whole, you see the Boston game, then tonight missing three 3s down the stretch, as an individual that’s made those shots before, it’s tough to look at,” Anthony said. “And you always question yourself of what happened or didn’t happen, but you can’t beat yourself up about it.”

[Donovan] called Anthony “a great communicator on defense” following Sunday’s loss, despite the veteran’s career-long act as a non-defender. Donovan reaffirmed his faith in the process.

“To discredit what he’s done for our team the entire year, the sacrifices he’s made, the way he’s worked, I just got a lot of confidence and belief in him. And I know he’ll be better from this,” Donovan said. “But just to sit there and say, ‘OK, he’s not getting it done,’ and just to yank him out and sit him, you’d be asking me, ‘Why was he sitting?’ That would be the next question.

“So, I believe in Carmelo. I think Carmelo has been an unbelievable team guy. He’s giving great effort all the time. He didn’t play a great game. And I think as a coach, you want to have some level of consistency coming down the stretch.”