Dec. 13, 2012; New York, NY, USA; Fans and players congratulate New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) on the court against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Carmelo Anthony a Game-time Decision vs. Nets

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Last time out against the Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks’ superstar Carmelo Anthony had one of his best games as a pro when he dropped 45 on the Knicks crosstown rival.

Dec. 13, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) gestures on the court against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

This time around it is uncertain if Anthony will even play.

‘Melo is listed as is a game-time decision, but Knicks coach Mike Woodson said his star player might try to give it a go tonight against the Nets.

“He’s moving around pretty good, so we’ll see,” Woodson told ESPN’s Jared Zwerling after the morning shootaround. “He still hasn’t indicated that he’s going to play. I think he’s going to come out and warm up, and just see how he feels.”

If Anthony misses a third consecutive game with a sprained ankle, expect Chris Copeland to get his third straight start. Copeland is coming off a career game against the Houston Rockets on Monday when he scored 29 points on 11-of-19 shooting.

But if Anthony can play it will be a big lift to a Knicks team that suffered their first home loss of the season on Monday to the Rockets. They don’t want to make it two in a row with the Nets coming to town.

When he has played (missed four of last seven games), Anthony has been playing at an MVP level, averaging 27.9 points per game.  The Knicks have won a couple of the games that ‘Melo has missed, but it’s hard to keep going at it without the services of your best player, so it would be nice to see Anthony in the lineup for an extended stretch.

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