Whereas many paid consideration to Damian Lillard main all scorers with 30 factors within the Portland Path Blazers’ 104-99 Sport 1 win over the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder, don’t overlook Blazers large man, Enes Kanter.
Signed by the Blazers after being purchased out by the New York Knicks, Kanter has crammed a viable function with the Blazers within the absence of Portland large man, Jusuf Nurkic.
The truth is: Kanter resides his finest life as a member of the Path Blazers.
Whereas Russell Westbrook and Paul George mixed for 50 factors within the dropping effort, Kanter scored 20 factors, 18 rebounds and two blocks within the Blazers’ Sport 1 win.
“I inform you what, I’m all in on the Path Blazers,” mentioned NBA Corridor of Famer and TNT analyst, Charles Barkley after the Blazers win on Sunday.
“I like Portland. I assumed earlier than [Jusuf] Nurkic acquired harm, that they had an opportunity of successful the West. … I nonetheless assume so.”
Barkley additionally spoke glowingly of Kanter:
“You hear all these guys … discuss Kanter, ‘He’s not an awesome defender,’” Barkley mentioned. “There’s been actually good gamers within the NBA who weren’t nice defenders. That man goes to get you a double-double each night time. All these individuals discuss what guys can’t do, as an alternative of what they will do.”
However guess what? Apparently, Kanter had the prospect to turn into a member of the Brooklyn Nets.
In an article in at this time’s New York Each day Information, during which NBA scribe, Chris Sheridan discusses Philadelphia 76ers head coach, Brett Brown and his disconnect with the group, Sheridan particulars that the Nets had an opportunity to nab Kanter through a commerce on the NBA’s commerce deadline.
Based on Sheridan, Nets Basic Supervisor Sean Marks, “may have traded Kenneth Faried for a legit backup heart equivalent to Enes Kanter again when he had the prospect. As an alternative, Faried was waived and has been doing large issues for the Houston Rockets.”
Phrase round city is that Marks most popular to not.
That’s a disgrace.
The Nets may have used Kanter. Of their 145-123 Sport 2 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers final night time. Sixers large man Joel Embiid scored 23 factors and hauled in 10 rebounds within the Sixers win to even the collection at one apiece.
In 44 video games with the Knicks, Kanter averaged14 factors and 10 rebounds per contest. The Knicks have been aggressive in trying to transfer Kanter previous to the NBA’s commerce deadline final Thursday. Nonetheless, Kanter’s $18.6 million expiring contract prevented groups from desirous to make any such strikes.
Kanter beloved his time within the Massive Apple. After being purchased out of his take care of the Knicks, he tweeted effectively needs to the group and their followers whereas stating that he needs nothing “however the most effective” for the orange and blue.
Staying in New York would have been nice however it wasn’t within the playing cards.
He in the end signed with Portland, a group that’s trying to make their first look within the NBA Finals since 1992.
Kanter’s Blazers and his former group, the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder, will go at it tonight in Sport 2 of the most effective of seven collection.
TNT’s Kenny Smith tells me that the Blazers have the fireplace energy to go deep within the NBA Playoffs. Kanter appears to be icing on the cake.
“They’ll get to the Western Convention Finals,” he mentioned.
“And so they’re a transparent and current agent for the Warriors as a result of the Warriors have had bother with these two guards even in that set. And even, till this yr, Oklahoma had bother with these two guards [Lillard and C.J. McCollum]; till this yr.”