The New York Knicks' super tandem of Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire has barely been getting the job done this season, but it goes without saying that the Knicks can't afford to lose either one of them.
Well, they have to tough it out without Melo for a day or two. He suffered an ankle injury on Thursday night against the Memphis Grizzlies, and he left the court in considerable pain.
If you didn't get a chance to see Melo's injury, you're more than welcome to watch the video clip. It's not the worst ankle injury ever caught on tape, but Melo's reaction made it clear that it was worse than it looked.
TNT's David Aldridge reported that Melo had suffered a sprained ankle, and that he would not be returning to action on Thursday night.
According to Howard Beck of The New York Times, Melo is also getting X-rays on his ankle. He and the Knicks are holding their breaths that those don't reveal a worse injury.
Before suffering the ankle injury, Aldridge reported that Melo had suffered a sprained right wrist. He has also been dealing with a sore back in recent days.
Even if Melo can suit up for the Knicks' next game (Saturday at the Oklahoma City Thunder), it might be a good idea for him to take a few days off just in case. The Knicks need him healthy, and there's no point risking further injury this early in the season.
We'll see, but the good news is that Melo is probably suffered the extent of injuries for the night.