Despite the MVP-type numbers, it has been a season filled with injuries for New York Knicks’ superstar Carmelo Anthony.
Anthony has missed seven of the Knicks 50 games this season with a variety of lower body injuries, but now you can add an arm injury to his list of ailments.
‘Melo suffered what the Knicks are calling a “deep” right arm contusion in Wednesday’s loss to the Toronto Raptors, leaving his participation in the 2013 NBA All-Star Game in doubt.
The Knicks are officially listing Anthony as day-to-day and Anthony said if his arm is still bothering him come Sunday, he won’t risk further injury by playing in the All-Star Game.
“I’m not going to force it, definitely not going to force it,” Anthony told ESPN’s Ian Begley. “As bad as I would want to play in the All-Star Game, participate, if I can’t go, I can’t go. Nothing I can do about that.”
The injury happened when ‘Melo took a shot from DeMar DeRozan in his upper right arm in the first quarter and it bothered him the rest of the game.
The results were not pretty as Anthony had his worst night of the season, making only 5-of-24 shots from the floor en route to a 12 point scoring night in the Knicks 92-88 loss.
“It was kind of like a dead arm out there,” Anthony said. “Just a matter of trying to get through it, trying to get some feeling back into it.”
Anthony ended the first half of the season averaging 28.6 points per game, second in the league to Kevin Durant (29.0).
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