Carmelo Anthony isn’t expected to make his Portland Trail Blazers debut until Tuesday’s game at New Orleans at the earliest, league sources told ESPN on Friday, meaning Anthony won’t be available to face his former team, the Houston Rockets, on Monday. Anthony, 35, has to complete a physical with the Blazers before the one-year, non-guaranteed contract is finalized. That could come as soon as Saturday, league sources said.
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George was frustrated with the defensive miscues, calling his performance “terrible” about 20 minutes after Rivers called it “sensational.” It figures, considering George is a defense-first player who evaluates his game primarily on that end of the floor. George dropped an efficient 33 points (10-of-17 shots, 3-of-5 3s) in 24 minutes, his most points in his first game of a season in his career. But he had to play the entire fourth quarter with five fouls, and he had four of his five turnovers in the final period as New Orleans guard Jrue Holiday upstaged George to close out a Pelicans win.