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Carmelo says he ‘doesn’t know’ if he’ll play Thursday against Heat after getting stitches in Charlotte

Dec 5, 2012, 11:14 PM EDT

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The Knicks beat the Bobcats in dramatic fashion on Wednesday, but Carmelo Anthony wasn’t on the court to see J.R. Smith’s heroics.

Anthony was forced out of the game and into the locker room after suffering a laceration to a finger on his left hand, after diving into the stands to chase down a loose ball with 2:10 remaining in the game.

The wound required five stitches to be sealed, and Knicks head coach Mike Woodson said afterward that he expected Anthony to play Thursday night in Miami against the Heat.

Anthony himself, however, wasn’t so sure, via Nate Taylor of the New York Times.

The Knicks are currently sitting at the top of the eastern Conference standings after Wednesday’s victory, a half-game ahead of the defending champion Heat. They would like nothing better than to go into Miami and make a statement that they truly belong there, but if Anthony is unable to go, and despite the Heat’s recent issues, that’ll obviously be an incredibly tall task.

  1. badintent - Dec 5, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    Ouch !! Take2 Vimovo , Patron and some of that stuff Kobe took for his wrist last year for a month.No 3s please.

  2. dadeyemi - Dec 6, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    Lol at the Knicks bench who just let Carmelo fly into the stands. Did you guys see them all slide to avoid him?! That’s your franchise player!

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 6, 2012 at 7:05 AM

      hey spider man, why didn’t you spring a web and catch him……….

  3. namriverrat69 - Dec 6, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    What a woos Anthony is with injuries. Kobe played how long with a broken little finger and Anthony got a cut on his finger and may not play because it hurrrts. I feel so bad for him. So many people hate Kobe but he is a guy who is dedicated to winning giving it all on the court and he’s played through numerous injuries over the years. Melo should take notes.

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 6, 2012 at 7:08 AM

      get some sleep, your talking BS

  4. dadeyemi - Dec 6, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    Melo had elbow and shoulder surgery last year and played with elbow and knee injuries all of last year. You’re an idiot

  5. lucky5936 - Dec 6, 2012 at 12:34 AM

    Uh-Oh, I smell a fine coming for not playing,

    • wired4games - Dec 6, 2012 at 8:48 AM

      The allowing your starters to fly into crowds fine.. yes I see it coming.

  6. nbascreed - Dec 6, 2012 at 3:13 AM

    If he can play, he should play. Believe it or not, there’s someone in Charlotte who is super excited to see the Knicks with Carmelo and has paid to see as much. If he can play, he should play. Shameless plug alert! We talked about this Wed. on my podcast.

    • fventricle - Dec 6, 2012 at 9:33 AM

      I feel bad for anyone who listens to your podcast. Not even sure what your message says because you have horrendous English, but Melo did play in Charlotte, so not sure what your talking about here? And if he doesn’t play in Miami, it’s because he has an injury, not because hes being “rested.”

  7. djwhite33 - Dec 6, 2012 at 4:24 AM

    How can there be objects near the bench that can lead to injuries like this. Absolutely ridiculous!

  8. gmsingh - Dec 6, 2012 at 6:27 AM

    Let’s see, San Antonio got a $250k fine for resting four players against the Heat, Gerald Wallace got fine $5k for flopping against the Heat, so I figure Melo will get fined something like $75k for not playing against them. This could be well over a million by the end of the season–Roger Goodell is going to have some catching up to do.

  9. fanofevilempire - Dec 6, 2012 at 7:06 AM

    yeah spider man, you would have sprung a web……………….


  10. wired4games - Dec 6, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    So you go into last night’s game with the thought that you limit the play time of Kidd so that he is rested for the game against the Heat, but your star player decides its a good idea to dive for a ball into a crowd and risk injury. What the hell Knicks!

  11. dadeyemi - Dec 6, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    No. I would’ve put my hands up to slow or cushion his impact. Like pretty much every one else does. When your 20 mil a year player endangers himself to make a play, his teammates on the bench are chumps don’t all duck for cover. You call it BS, I call it protecting an investment and common sense.
    You think the Celtics would do that if it was KG? Who is taller and heavier? One doesn’t need super powers to protect their franchise player

  12. mrgeek100 - Dec 6, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    @fventricle u forgot to add the dumba$$ at the end

  13. isujames - Dec 6, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    soft as pillow feather.

  14. sportsnut101 - Dec 6, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Nice teamates to catch ur only all star player

    Why play just rest it screw the nba national tv again ha

    Knicks not winning anyway

  15. dysraw1 - Dec 6, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    five stitches will not cause Melo, or any other player worth his salt to miss a game. against the Heat fat chance

  16. nycalldayz - Dec 6, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    Not going to play? Five stitches on a non-shoot finger shouldn’t keep someone as strong as Melo out. Is Melo playing mind games or is he scared of what Lebron might do. LOL

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