Knicks’ Melo questionable against Pistons on Wednesday
Carmelo Anthony exited Monday’s game early after tripping without contact and aggravating a knee injury in the second quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers. He left for the locker room with 6:51 left in the second quarter and did not return in the game as the New York Knicks rallied to win 102-97 against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The New York Knicks reevaluated Carmelo Anthony’s injury on Tuesday revealing that he has a stiff/sore right knee. However, Carmelo Anthony claimed that his right knee had been recently bothering him for a couple of weeks, although an MRI scan of the injury last week came out negative. By Monday, Carmelo Anthony said his knee didn’t “really feel right” as he struggled through warmups.
“I thought it was going to loosen up before the game (against the Cleveland Cavaliers),” Carmelo Anthony said Monday night. “Some of the things that I was doing, it felt like I was dragging my leg, and then that one particular play as well.”
New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson acknowledged in a radio interview on Tuesday that Carmelo Anthony was feeling discomfort in his knee prior to taking the fall on open court. But due to his “stubborn” nature, Mike Woodson kept Carmelo Anthony in the game to help the New York Knicks come back from a 22 point deficit.
"Melo was hurt. For him to ask me to come out of the game before he actually took that spill made me realize that something wasn't right,” said Mike Woodson. “He's never ever, ever, even hinted about coming out of the game [before Monday].”
"Maybe I should have taken him out before he actually stumbled and took the fall," Woodson said. "But again, I'm thinking [during] the game, 'Hey, he'll play through it. He'll figure it out.'… I play him too much in that regard. Melo's a trooper -- he's a warrior, he's a tough kid."
“(But) obviously, his knee is bothering him.”
The New York Knicks are into their third game, in a four game stretch for five days. Carmelo Anthony is the league’s second-leading scorer at 28.2 points per game, less than a point behind Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant. The 28-year-old Carmelo Anthony has already missed seven games this season due to knee, ankle and finger injuries, as well as while serving a one-game suspension. The New York Knicks are 3-4 in games without him this season.
If Carmelo Anthony sits out against the Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire could get his first start of the season Wednesday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills.