NBA world reacts to Carmelo Anthony’s dagger to send Blazers to playoffs

Aug 9, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Carmelo Anthony #00 of the Portland Trail Blazers and Damian Lillard celebrate a win against the Philadelphia 76ers following a game at Visa Athletic Center at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 09, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Mandatory Credit: Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

That was one heck of a play-in game between the Portland Trail Blazers and Memphis Grizzlies at Walt Disney World in Orlando Saturday afternoon.

The winner would go on to take on the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the NBA Playoffs next week.

Up 119-116 with just over 20 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Blazers forward and future Hall of Famer Carmelo Anthony nailed a dagger three to put this game out of reach and send Portland to the postseason.

This is merely the continuation of a resurgent Carmelo Anthony in his first season with the Blazers. It’s also going to make Portland a tough out against the top-seeded Lakers.

Needless to say, the NBA world had its reactions to perhaps the biggest shot of Melo’s career.