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Carmelo Anthony out with sprained ankle, will not play Christmas Day vs. Thunder

Dec 25, 2013, 1:52 PM EDT

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The best laid plans of mice and David Stern… have been blown up by injuries.

In another blow to the NBA’s Christmas Day showcase lineup, Carmelo Anthony will not play due to a sprained ankle suffered Monday night. Anthony wanted to go, came to the arena and met with the team’s medical staff, but the Knicks made it official just 20 minutes before tip-off.

That destroys the hope of an Anthony vs. Kevin Durant shootout — the two leading scorers per game in the league last season had a chance to make this a great show. Now we will get Durant and Russell Westbrook going against the gunning of J.R. Smith and the defense of Tyson Chandler. But at least everyone is wearing those swell Christmas Day jerseys!

Metta World Peace also is out for the Knicks Wednesday, however Kenyon Martin will play.

The NBA tries to showcase its biggest stars on Christmas Day, but injures have crushed what should have been a great lineup of games. The opening game saw the Bulls without Derrick Rose and the Nets without Brook Lopez. Now Anthony is out. Later on Wednesday Kobe Bryant will be out as the Lakers try not to get blown out by the Heat. Also James Harden is a game time decision in the Rockets when they take on the Spurs.

  1. RavenzGunnerz - Dec 25, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    Well, at least these are December injuries. Hope we have them in April.

  2. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - Dec 25, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    It’s too bad they didn’t schedule the Pacers, but who could have POSSIBLY known they’d be any good, right Stern?

  3. pbtunpaidwriter - Dec 25, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    They didn’t stand a chance even with Melo.

    Poor Knicks are getting a Christmas day beatdown.

  4. 950003cups - Dec 25, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Knicks lack heart. They just don’t care. Theses guys can go out there and lose by 30, take a shower, go to a local club and girls are all over them. Why should they care? Three get paid either way.

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