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Carmelo Anthony will play for Knicks Friday night, hold off on MRI for shoulder

Apr 11, 2014, 5:17 PM EST

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Mathematically the Knicks are still alive in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Of course, mathematically I have a shot at winning The Voice. Even though I can’t sing. The Knicks and I are in the same place — the Hawks magic number is two, the Knicks are mathematically alive but reality provides a very different view. The only way the Knicks make the playoffs is to win out (4-0) and have the Hawks go 1-3 or worse.

However until that chance is zero Carmelo Anthony is going to suit up and play — he will dress for the Knicks at the Raptors Friday night, as reported in the New York Post. That despite a very sore shoulder that has hampered Anthony in recent games.

And no, Anthony is not going to get an MRI on that shoulder, either

“I believe (I will play) until they tell me we’re out of it,’’ Anthony said at the morning shootaround at Air Canada Centre….

“What is the test going to do at this point?’’ Anthony said. “If they say it’s really bad, I’m still not going to sit out. I’d rather to wait until it’s all over….

“It is what it is,’’ Anthony said. “We have to win all four games, and it’s not a given if we win all four games we get in, but we have to do our part.’’

It’s a noble sentiment, you have to tip your cap to him for it. Anthony has never missed the playoffs in his 11 NBA seasons and will not go down quietly.

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He battled through shoulder injuries last year and said these are not as severe, it’s something he can play through. However he has clearly been limited.

If he’s not going to sit out until the Knicks are eliminated, well, that will come soon enough.

  1. eugenesaxe1 - Apr 11, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    I guess he hasn’t noticed that his broken self is more a hindrance than a help, but one would expect that from him.

  2. davidly - Apr 11, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    The math has to do with the fact that the Knicks and their competition have enough games to play left that they could swap places in the standings. Of course, this is dependent upon their being made up of very talented basketball players who have risen through the ranks at multiple levels to compete on a professional level. And while this qualification has no direct impact on the math itself, the Knicks must exist for the math to work.

    You do not exist as a singer on any level. Your theoretical premise alone does not give you a mathematical shot at winning a competition you cannot begin to qualify to compete for.

    • eugenesaxe1 - Apr 11, 2014 at 6:35 PM

      Get a grip. His statement was humorous, self-deprecating, and accurate.

      • davidly - Apr 11, 2014 at 6:46 PM

        No, the statement was in inaccurate, that’s the point. Humor, on the other hand, is open to personal interpretation. If self-deprecation in the service of flawed analogy tickles your funny bone, then the grip is all yours. Thanks for stopping by.

      • sportsfan18 - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:03 PM

        There’s no love on this site at all…

        So many good witty sarcastic comments and folks are just too plain stupid to understand and appreciate them…

        This site needs to start administering the Wonderlic to us posters… those who don’t score a 20 or higher can’t post!

        There would be like 12 of us posting on here this way…

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