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Was Anthony Edwards paying tribute to Carmelo Anthony or mocking him?

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Imitation, they say, is the sincerest form of flattery. 

If that is indeed the case then Carmelo Anthony has been incredibly flattered this season.  

For years, the future Hall of Famer has celebrated a three-pointer by taking his pinky, ring, and middle finger and tapping his head three times. The celebration has become known as "3 to the Dome."

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All the kids entering the league grew up watching Melo and some have adopted the celebration themselves. 

The league's other Melo, LaMelo Ball, has even created his own version. 

It's honestly pretty cool to see the next generation pay homage to one of the greats.

But over the last two games, the celebration seems to have been used as more of a taunt than a sign of respect.

On Saturday, Timberwolves second-year guard Jaylen Nowell drained a big three and pulled the celebration out.

That was no coincidence, and it happened again on Sunday.

This time it was rookie Anthony Edwards that took his crack at riling up the Blazers forward.

Midway through the fourth quarter, Edwards found himself guarded by Anthony. Edwards stepped back and drained a big-time three. I'm sure you can guess what happened next.

"The stones" is right. 

 

It was certainly more of a taunt than a tribute, but to be fair Edwards earned it on this night. 

The rookie had the best night of his career scoring 34 points to help Minnesota grab the victory over the Blazers.

Taunt or tribute, one thing remains the same - when someone takes "3 to the Dome" you know exactly who they are emulating. 

Carmelo Anthony: Often imitated, never duplicated.