Mar 13, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) reacts during the first half against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Carmelo Anthony set to return to Knicks lineup vs. Magic


The New York Knicks and head coach Mike Woodson get a bit of a break Wednesday night when the New York Knicks take on the Orlando Magic at Madison Square Garden.

Mar 11, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) returns to the bench for the timeout against the Golden State Warriors during the second quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Amid all of the injuries, the Knicks should get their best player back when Carmelo Anthony is expected to make his return to the Knicks lineup.

Anthony told ESPN’s Ian Begley that he expects to be back in the lineup against the Magic.

“I feel good as of right now, so I’ll be ready to play tonight,” Anthony said.

‘Melo also said that he doesn’t think his knee and hamstring injuries will hamper him for the rest of the season.

He had his knee drained last Thursday and has missed six of the Knicks’ last eight games with the right knee injury. The two games that he did play, Anthony missed a good portion of each as he didn’t look healthy at all.

The Knicks have officially listed ‘Melo as probable but it is all but certain that he will play and that is welcome news as the Knicks will be without Tyson Chandler and Kurt Thomas, who will join both Amar’e Stoudemire and Rasheed Wallace in street clothes for the time being.

Anthony is second in the NBA in scoring at 27.5 points per game.

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