There was one thing missing from the New York Knicks 22-point comeback victory Monday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers- superstar Carmelo Anthony.
While the Knicks comeback was impressive enough, what made it even more impressive is the fact that they did it without the services of their best player, who left the game in the second quarter after injuring his knee.
The good news, according to Howard Beck, is that the knee injury doesn’t appear to be anything serious. There is no ligament damage and Anthony will get further tests done on Tuesday.
No tests done tonight, though they did manual stress tests to check for ligament damage. Nothing evident. He’ll be reevaluated Tuesday.
— Howard Beck (@HowardBeckNYT) March 5, 2013
Anthony also told Beck: “We don’t think it’s too serious at all.”
The injury occurred midway through the second quarter with the Knicks playing very sloppy basketball.
Anthony had the ball at half court with an apparent breakaway in front of him, but appeared to have no legs under him and tripped over his own feet. He took a pretty bad fall and went straight to the locker room and never came back out to the bench.
‘Melo was not having one of his better nights, as the NBA’s leading first quarter scorer made only 1-of-5 shots from the floor and finished with only six points in 14 minutes.
The injury comes at a bad time as entering Monday; Anthony was averaging 28.6 points and 6.3 rebounds while shooting 44 percent from the floor and 38 percent from behind the arc. He had scored 29 points or more in each of his past five games and was on a nice roll.
Frank Isola added that this isn’t anything new for ‘Melo as he has had sore knees for much of the season.
Carmelo has had sore knees for much of the season. Most NBA players suffer from some form of tendonitis. Some worse than others.
— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) March 5, 2013
If Anthony misses any time, J.R. Smith, Jason Kidd and Amar’e Stoudemire will likely get more minutes, which is a good thing for STAT as he was very good down the stretch Monday night as he played a big role in the Knicks win. I wouldn’t expect to see more of Iman Shumpert as he is still on a minutes limit.
Even if Anthony returns for Wednesday’s game against the Detroit Pistons, now would be a good time for Knicks’ coach Mike Woodson to start limiting ‘Melo’s limits and using his bench more. It is very important that Anthony is 100 percent for the playoffs and this could be a sign for Woodson that he needs to start making sure his best players are fresh for a postseason run.
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