Mar 4, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) walks off the court on his way to the locker room after suffering an apparent injury in the second quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Carmelo Anthony listed as questionable Wednesday vs. Pistons


New York Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony injured knee isn’t too serious, but his availability for Wednesday night’s matchup against the Detroit Pistons is in doubt.

The Knicks announced that ‘Melo is questionable for Wednesday night’s game vs. the Pistons and called his injury “a stiff/sore right knee.’’

Mar 4, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) drives between Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard C.J. Miles (0) and power forward Tristan Thompson (13) in the second quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Anthony’s knee injury isn’t viewed to be too serious and there is no structural damage, which is a good thing. But ‘Melo has been dealing with a sore knee for a couple of weeks now, so Knicks’ head coach Mike Woodson giving his superstar an extra day of rest may not be the worst idea in the world.

‘Melo injured the knee Monday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers when he took a spill with 6:51 left in the second quarter. Anthony went straight to the locker room and never returned.

But Woodson said later on that he made a mistake by having Anthony on the floor because he had asked out of the game earlier on, complaining about his knee bothering him.

If Anthony can’t go against the Pistons, expect to see more of J.R. Smith and Steve Novak off the bench with Amar’e Stoudemire playing a lot at the 4.

Even if Anthony can go, now may be a good time for Woodson to start using more guys and scaling down the minutes of his best players with an eye focused on the playoffs.

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