Carmelo Anthony Out Again Tonight Vs. OKC Thunder
Posted by Mejdy Jabr on Thursday, March 07, 2013
Carmelo Anthony will not play tonight vs. OKC, Mike Woodson says.The game will be Anthony's second straight missed since aggravating a pre-existing joint injury against Cleveland on Monday night.
— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) March 7, 2013
Via the NY Times last night:
Carmelo Anthony stepped off the team bus, made the 30-yard walk to the visitors’ locker room and disappeared into the trainer’s area, out of sight, out of the cross-fire and out of the lineup.
Afterward, Anthony repeated the routine in reverse, heading from the locker room to the bus before reporters arrived.
Anthony was ruled out of the game 90 minutes before tipoff. He was said to be improving, although his status for Thursday night’s home game against the Oklahoma City Thunder was uncertain.
The Knicks have classified the injury as a stiff and sore knee, without elaboration. Coach Mike Woodson disclosed earlier Wednesday that the discomfort was being caused by fluid in the knee.
Although their continued avoidance of the media is bound to bring about speculation of the injury being a bigger deal than we've assumed, it's more likely that the team is just taking a few extra precautions in the hopes of having as healthy a squad as possible going into the playoffs.“Rest will probably be the best thing for him,” Woodson said, adding: “If he wants to sit down and rest a game or two, we’ll do that. It’s still a long season.”