Carmelo Anthony Injury: Updates on Knicks Star's Knee

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IMarch 4, 2013

Carmelo Anthony continues to be bothered by a knee injury.


UPDATE: Wednesday, Mar. 20, at 11:35 a.m. ET by Alex Kay

Carmelo Anthony will be active on Wednesday night at home against the Orlando Magic.

According to ESPN New York's Ian Begley, the superstar forward confirmed that he is "ready to play" and, barring a setback, should be in the starting lineup at the 7:30 p.m. ET tip.

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UPDATE: Monday, Mar. 18, at 2:27 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Frank Isola, the Knicks beat writer for the New York Daily News, tweeted that Carmelo Anthony will not be in action on Monday night and that he will be joined in that inactivity by Tyson Chandler:

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UPDATE: Monday, Mar. 18, at 2:27 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Disappointing news for Knicks fans as Carmelo Anthony (knee) won't return to action tonight, according to New York Newsday's Al Iannazzone.

New York Post's Marc Berman and New York Daily News' Frank Isola went on to report more details regarding Anthony's injury and status.

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UPDATE: Sunday, Mar. 17, at 2:09 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Rough news for Knicks fans as Carmelo Anthony (knee) will not play in today's game against the Clippers, according to New York Newsday's Al Iannazzone.

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UPDATE: Saturday, March 16 at 4:27 p.m. ET by Tyler Conway

It looks like Knicks fans can hold off on the optimism. According to Nate Taylor of The New York Times, coach Mike Woodson does not expect Anthony or Tyson Chandler to play on Sunday:

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UPDATE: Saturday, March 16 at 10:45 a.m. ET by Tyler Conway

The Knicks play the Clippers in an ABC showcase on Sunday, and Anthony is doing his best not to disappoint the national television audience. According to the New York Post's Marc Berman, the injured forward will test out his knee in Los Angeles on Saturday before making a determination about his playing status:

"He rejoined the reeling Knicks Friday, will try to practice Saturday and hasn’t ruled out giving it a go on national television against the mighty Clippers Sunday. The Knicks continue labeling Anthony as 'questionable.'"

Though they don't want to risk a long-term injury, the Knicks could use 'Melo back as soon as possible. They are entangled in a race for the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference and could fall too far behind with a prolonged absence.

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UPDATE: Friday, March 15 at 5:20 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney

Anthony doesn't appear to be back to 100 percent yet, but he is set to rejoin the team in Los Angeles prior to Sunday's matchup against the Clippers (via ESPN's Jared Zwerling):

Carmelo Anthony, who had a soft tissue fluid collection removed from the back of his right knee on Thursday, is expected to rejoin the New York Knicks in Los Angeles in preparation for their game against the Clippers on Sunday, according to the Knicks.

Anthony flew back to New York following the Knicks' loss to the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night.

The Knicks said that Anthony and Tyson Chandler (left knee contusion) are both questionable for Sunday afternoon's game at 3:30 p.m.

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UPDATE: Thursday, March 14 at 8 p.m. ET by Rob Goldberg

While Carmelo Anthony will miss the New York Knicks' next game against the Portland Trail Blazers, the recent development is positive. According to Howard Beck of The New York Times, he will rejoin the team by Sunday:

The forward remains questionable, but the injury appears to be less serious than originally believed.

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UPDATE: Thursday, March 14 at 9:27 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Disappointing news for Knicks fans as Carmelo Anthony is traveling back to New York to have his knee drained and does not have a timetable for his return to game action, according to Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears:

He is returning to New York to get his knee drained and is uncertain when he will play again.

"It started stiffening up," Anthony said."There were some movements I couldn't make. Moving laterally, I didn't feel like I had any pop, any power. So I tried it in the second half, coming back after halftime, and I couldn't move out there. I'm going to get it drained, get the fluid out, get to the bottom of it quickly so I can get back on the court."

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UPDATE: Thursday, March 14 at 1:30 a.m. ET by Ethan Grant

As reported by Frank Isola, Anthony is headed back to New York for additional tests on his right knee. By the tone of the tweet, it might not be a normal return trip for the Knicks' star forward:

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UPDATE: Thursday, March 14 at 12:26 a.m. ET by Ethan Grant

After 'Melo was able to give it a go against the Warriors on Monday night, he returned again for Wednesday night's game against the Denver Nuggets—the only other professional team he's played for, no less—only this time the results were far less promising.

As reported by New York Times columnist Howard Beck, Anthony will not return to action against the Nuggets after a sore right knee persisted as he was trying to continue in the second half:

Suffice to say, a 3-of-12 shooting night and nine-point outing from the field before his exit—coupled with New York's 30-point deficit at Denver—makes the decision to sit Anthony for the rest of the game very easy after team doctors diagnosed the sore knee.

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UPDATE: Monday, March 11 at 1:46 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Great news for Knicks fans as Carmelo Anthony (knee) is probable for Monday's game against the Warriors, the team announced this afternoon:

The New York Times' Howard Beck went on to confirm Anthony's status for Monday's game and long-term availability:

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UPDATE: Sunday, March 10 at 4:45 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

Carmelo Anthony may be able to return to action on Monday night, though for now his return is questionable, according to Jared Zwerling of ESPN:

Carmelo Anthony is questionable for the New York Knicks' road game Monday night against the Golden State Warriors, the team said Sunday. 

Anthony, who traveled with the team to California, has missed the past three games with a sore and stiff right knee, which he injured March 4 in Cleveland. 

An MRI taken recently revealed no structural damage in the knee, but there was some fluid buildup in the back of it. 

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UPDATE: Saturday, March 9 at 11:24 a.m. ET by Tyler Conway

It's beginning to look more and more like the Knicks will be without Anthony once again on Saturday. According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, the All-Star forward did not even participate in shootaround in preparation for the Knicks' game versus Utah:

New York battled the Thunder to a one-point loss on Thursday without 'Melo, but with Amar'e Stoudemire looking doubtful as well, the Knicks could be in dire straits. 

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UPDATE: Thursday, March 7 at 6:38 p.m. ET by Ethan Grant

After being listed as questionable for Thursday night's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson ruled out his star small forward prior to tipoff. Frank Isola of the New York Daily News posted the news on Twitter:

Howard Beck of The New York Times assuaged Knicks fans a little bit with this tweet, noting that 'Melo's continued absence from the lineup appears to be precautionary at this point:

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UPDATE: Thursday, March 7 at 1:05 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Rough news for Knicks fans as Carmelo Anthony (knee) is questionable for Thursday night's game against the Thunder, according to ESPN's Jared Zwerling:

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UPDATE: Wednesday, March 6 at 6:06 p.m. ET by Michael Moraitis

It looks like Anthony will not suit up against the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night in Detroit, courtesy of a rather definitive tweet by Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, March 5 at 4:33 p.m. ET by Eric Ball

The latest news regarding Anthony's knee is not surprising in the least bit. Marc Berman of the New York Post reports that the knee injury isn't serious at all:

Expect an official decision on his status for the Pistons game at some point tomorrow. 

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UPDATE: Monday, March 4 at 1 a.m. ET by Ryan Rudnansky

Anthony said after Monday's game that he believes his knee is OK, per Howard Beck of The New York Times:

Beck added:

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Anthony will not return to Monday night's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers after injuring his right knee, according to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.

Isola also added this.

The New York Knicks star took a bad fall in the second quarter of the game and had to head to the locker room.

Entering Monday's action, Anthony was averaging 28.6 points and 6.3 rebounds while shooting 44 percent from the floor and 38 percent from downtown. He had scored 29 points or more in each of his past five games and was clearly on a roll.

The Knicks fell behind the Cavaliers by as many as 22 points but charged back to get the win without Anthony.

J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert and Jason Kidd will likely get more minutes if Anthony is forced to miss some time. Smith is averaging 16 points per game as the Knicks' sixth man this season (second on the team).

As the Knicks' primary scorer, Anthony is obviously an important player for New York. The squad is going to need him healthy for the playoffs after the Miami Heat knocked it out in the conference quarterfinals last season.

It wouldn't be a surprise if Anthony's minutes are scaled back down the stretch if the injury proves problematic. The Knicks need him for the postseason, first and foremost, and they have a cushion in the standings.

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