December 25, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) controls the ball against the defense of Los Angeles Lakers small forward Metta World Peace (15) during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Carmelo Anthony Questionable Friday vs. Kings

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The New York Knicks may once again have to go at it without their best player Friday night when they visit the Sacramento Kings.

The team is listing Carmelo Anthony as questionable with a hyperextended knee.

December 25, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) controls the ball against the defense of Los Angeles Lakers small forward Metta World Peace (15) during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Anthony is playing at an MVP level, but if he can’t go, this will be the sixth game Anthony has missed due to injury. The Knicks are 3-2 in the previous five.

‘Melo suffered a hyperextended left knee against the Lakers on Christmas when Marcus Camby fell on him during an offensive play in the second quarter. Melo continued to play, finishing with 34 points in his team’s 100-94 loss.

It has been tough for the Knicks to have to be without their best player, especially since Anthony is averaging 28.5 points per game, tied with Kevin Durant for second in the NBA, only behind the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant.

If Anthony can’t play, he will join Raymond Felton (finger) and likely Rasheed Wallace (foot) on the sidelines against the 9-19 Kings.

It could be good to get ‘Melo the extra rest as the Knicks don’t play again until New Year’s Day when they return home to face the Portland Trail Blazers.

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