Carmelo Anthony: Rockets bench role challenging mentally

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Rockets' Carmelo Anthony: Coming Off The Bench "Challenging Mentally"

So here are five wild predictions for the 2018 season. Anthony has said the right things thus far, but what will his mentality be once he realizes he isn't a main focal point of the offense?

Anthony will come off the bench on Wednesday with James Ennis starting at small forward.

Obviously, Davis cares more about how he finishes than starts. His role is one question, but there are others.

The Rockets were seventh in defensive efficiency at 105.6 last season.

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They took the National Basketball Association by storm last season and many consider them a legitimate threat to dethrone the Golden State Warriors. Anthony will have that same bull's-eye on him.

The Houston Rockets spent the entire offseason building a team for one objective, and one goal only - to defeat the Golden State Warriors in the playoffs. Paul played at an elite level when he was on the floor, but that's the key, keeping him on the floor. The Rockets surrendered 142 in a double-overtime win over the Lakers. He did it once in the playoffs: game four against the Warriors, and he couldn't make it through the following game.

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Eric Gordon scored a team-high 21 points.

Rockets star James Harden was also in attendance, rooting for his team.

"Everybody on this team, especially the Hall of Fame guys, which is a lot of them, have got every individual award known to man", D'Antoni said. The Rockets looked to address the lack of depth at that spot with veterans, albeit, very flawed veterans. Carter-Williams played 16 minutes and had 10 points.

The Houston Rockets started the '18-'19 National Basketball Association season with a heck of a dud. It has only been one game, but watch out for this Pelicans team as the season progresses. He's a 25 percent shooter from deep over his career, and that number has gone down over the years.

Melo's first shot as a Rocket: an iso, off-dribble jumper from just inside the 3-point line. While those were some fine pieces the Pelicans picked up, this season will hinge on the play of Davis and Jrue Holiday, who mauled the Portland Trail Blazers in their surprise first-round sweep of the Blazers.

"For me at this point it's just about what I have to do for the sake of the team more so than just trying to go out there and do whatever and have a specific role". It might not be best later - we don't know - but having him is something that we didn't have a year ago. Payton isn't the best shooter, so the Pelicans will need great outside shooting all season from Moore, Mirotic, Randle, and Jrue Holiday. Can he get to the free throw line even more?

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