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Carmelo Anthony out Friday vs. Heat (and one more game)

Jan 27, 2012, 11:04 AM EDT

Knicks' Anthony watches a free throws by Grizzlies during NBA game in Memphis Reuters

Carmelo Anthony has clearly not been right the last couple games. He is 5-for-21 shooting, has looked sluggish and is battling a sore wrist and ankle.

So he is going to take a couple of games off — Mike D’Antoni told the media at shootaround Friday that Anthony is out for a showdown with the Heat on Friday night followed by the second night of a back-to-back against the Rockets on Saturday. He could return Tuesday against the Pistons.

This is the smart move for the Knicks — they are better with him healthy than the guy that tried to play through everything. For a couple of games run the offense through Amare Stoudemire, with Iman Shumpert and Toney Douglas handling the ball more. And by run the offense I mean run — pick up the tempo and try to play this like D’Antoni’s offense is supposed to go with fast breaks and drag pick-and-rolls early in the clock.

I’m trying to imagine the reaction if the Knicks win these two games… yikes.

Baron Davis is not going to be back for this game and likely does not play Saturday either. Tuesday also is a possibility for him.

What could make this more difficult is Dwyane Wade is expected back on the floor for the Heat Friday for the first time in nine games.

  1. southbeachtalent - Jan 27, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Definitely rest Wade…

  2. illcomm - Jan 27, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Knicks are a better team without Anthony in the lineup.

  3. makjak2 - Jan 27, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Knicks clearly gave this one up. Somebody is saying, “well, we aren’t gonna win this one anyway so let’s just rest Melo and get healthier.” NYK will get sacrificed tonight.

    • damp1015 - Jan 29, 2012 at 8:55 AM

      They didn’t get sacrificed, we fought until the end. 3 elite players didn’t annihilate us like most thought. In the league today 10 points is just as close as 2 points.

  4. edweird0 - Jan 27, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    There’s no reason for Wade to come back tonight. Heat got this in the bag.

  5. miamatt - Jan 27, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    This one actually scares me a bit from the Miami perspective. The Heat have looked sluggish since Sunday against Milwaukee, and might be trying to work Wade into the fold.

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see Amare go off, the Knick 3 point game come alive, and for New York to give Miami all they can handle, and possibly more.

    When one star goes out, a team can surge in the short term. Simply because there are fewer options, the Knicks will likely be more decisive tonight on offense. Amare is the clear number one option, but he won’t be doing all the ball handling, which ought to lead to more activity and ball movement out of the New York offense. This doesn’t mean the Knicks are better off without Carmelo, but for a couple of nights it might make the game simpler for New York. In the long run, the team wears down from picking up a heavier load.

    Of course, this is all moot if the Knicks don’t commit to getting back on defense in transition. Maybe this game doesn’t scare me so much after all.

  6. ihatetoneydouglas - Jan 27, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    I agree the Heat will win,but for some odd reason they play to the level of their opponents too often.Thats not good when the east has been awful thus far.

  7. isujames - Jan 27, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    The knicks were a better team b 4 they traded 4 C. Anthony

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