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Carmelo Anthony says he’s back, will play Monday night

Mar 11, 2013, 5:35 PM EDT

New York Knicks forward Anthony reacts after being fouled by the Atlanta Hawks in the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York Reuters

Not exactly the news the struggling Golden State Warriors wanted to hear.

Carmelo Anthony will return to the Knicks lineup Monday night against Golden State, Howard Beck reports at the New York Times.

The Knicks are listing Anthony as probable, but Anthony was more definitive, saying, “I will play tonight.”

Anthony participated fully in the Knicks’ morning shoot-around and said he still felt some stiffness behind the knee, “but no pain.” Team doctors have not cited any specific injury or condition, and Anthony insisted he would not need off-season surgery.

Anthony’s knee had bothered him for a couple weeks until he tripped and fell against the Cavaliers, which kind of aggravated it. He sat out getting the knee some rest.

Mike Woodson said he wants to limit Anthony to 35 minutes a game, plus he might want to find a way to get Anthony a few games off down the stretch and heading into the playoffs. That’s when the Knicks are going to lean on him. Heavily. The problem is with Amare Stoudemire out due to knee surgery Woodson may not have a lot of other good options.

  1. danatos - Mar 11, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    Now would be an acceptable time for Amare to punch a fire extinguisher

  2. beagle11 - Mar 11, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Good now lets move the damn ball like you did during the 18-5 start.

  3. fanofevilempire - Mar 11, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    I thought it was reported he didn’t even travel with the team, now he practiced
    with the team and he said he is playing.

    The Daily News reported Stats career could be over, everyone else say’s he
    will be back in 6-8 weeks.

    I hope Melo is ready to ball.

  4. Mr. Wright 212 - Mar 11, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Thank God he’s back.

  5. acanniv - Mar 11, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    Good – so want him to play Wednesday. I thought for sure he would give Denver the ol’ slap and backpedal.

  6. 13arod - Mar 11, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    He will get injured today

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