Carmelo Anthony sat out Monday night against the Utah Jazz. Anthony is the NBA’s second-leading scorer at 27.5 ppg and he has missed his sixth of the last eight games with his right leg injury. In addition to Anthony, center Tyson Chandler missed Monday night’s game as well with a neck strain, leaving Kurt Thomas, who’s been starting in place of Chandler, played off the bench despite a bone spur in his right foot. According to the New York Times, there might be a glimmer of hope on the horizon for fans to see one of the NBA’s best suit up again. Melo says he could return as early as Wednesday.
Per Off The Dribble Blog:
SALT LAKE CITY – Carmelo Anthony ran up and down the court, took jumpers and showed improvement in his lateral movement during the Knicks’ shoot-around Monday at the EnergySolutions Arena. Then, for the first time in nearly a week, he spoke to reporters and explained how he felt after having fluid drained from his sore right knee Friday.
Anthony will not play Monday night against the Utah Jazz, the final game of the Knick’s five-game western road trip. So far, the Knicks are 0-4 on the trip. The team’s plan is that by resting Anthony on Monday, he will be able to get more strength in his right leg.
Anthony said that he felt no discomfort in his knee and that he should be able to play Wednesday against the Orlando Magic at Madison Square Garden.
“I feel better,” Anthony told reporters. “I feel much better.”
Anthony also acknowledged that doctors in New York told him the fluid that had developed in the back of the knee was most likely caused by a slight hamstring pull. Anthony was pleased to know his injury did not create structural damage.
“Now it’s just a matter of getting that pop back, that power back,” he told reporters. He added, “My knee feels good, my body feels good.”