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Saturday, February 23, 2019

Enes Kanter: Anthony Davis ‘can’t beat us just by himself’

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The Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the New Orleans Pelicans by the final of 101-92 on Sunday, and Thunder big man Enes Kanter used the occasion to jab the Pelicans for their lack of a supporting cast around Anthony Davis.

“He can’t beat us just by himself,” Kanter said of Davis after the game, per Justin Verrier of ESPN. “That’s what a really special player does. Look at Russell [Westbrook], getting his stats, but making everybody else better. With them, he’s done a good job. I don’t want to say nothing bad about him. He’s a good player. That’s it.”

The 7-14 Pelicans have gotten a boost from the return of former All-Star Jrue Holiday and the emergence of undrafted guard Tim Frazier. But the rest of the roster surrounding their three-time All-Star big is thinner than a Slim Jim.

Davis continues to unleash a demolition derby on both ends of the floor this season (leading the league in points per game and blocks per game amongst a number of other categories). But as Kanter, who is never shy to mix it up with superstars, notes, that alone won’t translate into victories for the Pelicans.

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