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Carmelo Anthony Injury: Updates on Knicks Star's Hand

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistDecember 5, 2012

Carmelo Anthony's stellar play has helped the New York Knicks take the next step toward becoming a contender in the Eastern Conference, but a finger injury sustained on Wednesday night could change that.

 

UPDATE: Sunday, December 9 at 6:59 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to New York Post writer Marc Berman, Anthony will play Sunday night versus the Denver Nuggets:

Melo is in as expected. He wasn't going to miss this one against Karl.

— Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) December 9, 2012

 

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UPDATE: Sunday, December 9 at 12:29 p.m. ET

Carmelo Anthony intends to play tonight, according to Newsday's Al Iannazzone.

Carmelo Anthony's lacerated left middle finger kept him out of a second straight game Saturday night, but he's pointing to a return Sunday night when the Denver Nuggets, his old team, visit the Garden. 'That's my plan,' he said. 'I didn't want to test it out on a back-to-back when I could get a couple more hours.'

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UPDATE: Saturday, December 8 at 7:03 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to ESPN's Ian Begley, Anthony will not play Saturday night versus the Chicago Bulls:

Melo just said he won't play tonight. Hoping to play vs. Denver. #Knicks

— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) December 8, 2012

Begley also mentions some specifics:

It's Carmelo's left, non-shooting, finger that's hurt. He said the biggest challenge is catching passes. Stitches should be out in a week.

— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) December 8, 2012

 

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UPDATE: Saturday, December 8 at 11:52 a.m. ET

Carmelo Anthony is a game-time decision for the Knicks' contest tonight against the Chicago Bulls, according to New York Newsday's Al Iannazzone.

Knicks are calling Carmelo a game-time decision. He was in the locker room while the Knicks are on the floor. So I will speculate he sits.

— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) December 8, 2012

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UPDATE: Thursday, December 6 at 7:50 p.m. ET by Matt Fitzgerald

Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reports that Anthony will be out for Thursday's critical road showdown against the Miami Heat.

Carmelo is out. Showered but out

— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) December 7, 2012

Melo may have taken his talents to South Beach, but the Knicks unfortunately won't benefit from them. At 13-4, New York enters the evening a half-game ahead of the Heat for Eastern Conference lead, and will need to look elsewhere for significant scoring in order to keep up with Miami's explosive offense.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, December 5 at 10:42 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to New York Newsday reporter Al Iannazzone, Anthony received six stitches:

Carmelo Anthony needed six stitches to close the cut in his finger but will play tomorrow, woodson said.

— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) December 6, 2012

New York Times reporter Nate Taylor doesn't make Anthony's status for Thursday's game versus the Heat seem so optimistic:

Carmelo says his finger is so numb he can't feel it. Doesn't know if he'll play tomorrow agains the Heat.

— Nate Taylor (@ByNateTaylor) December 6, 2012

 

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CBS Sports' Matt Moore had the news:

Carmelo Anthony has just gone to the locker room after a dive into the bench late vs. the Bobcats. Hand injury.

— Matt Moore CBS (@MattMooreCBS) December 6, 2012

Moore then followed up with this:

Laceration on left middle finger for Melo, per Cats broadcast. Return questionable. Getting treatment in the back. 1:10 to go, CHA 98 NYK 96

— Matt Moore CBS (@MattMooreCBS) December 6, 2012

 

It sounds like it could be worse, but losing Anthony for any period of time will hurt the Knicks badly. He's averaging 26.4 points per game and playing some of the most focused basketball of his career.

The Knicks are 13-4, and in first place in the Atlantic Division, largely because of Anthony’s improved play. He’s not just scoring like he always has; he’s also showing more of a will to rebound, pass and play defense.

Anthony has always been a dangerous scorer, but adding the other facets to his game has taken he and the Knicks to a different level. Rather than just be a star player, he’s also made himself into a leader—something that his detractors never thought that they would see.

He’s been playing power forward with Amar’e Stoudemire on the mend. If he’s out for any period of time, veterans Kurt Thomas and Rasheed Wallace will see an uptick in their playing time. Reserve small forwards like James White and Chris Copeland could also see more playing time if Anthony cannot go.

This doesn’t sound like the end of the world, but New York does have a stretch that includes Miami, Brooklyn, Chicago, Denver and the Lakers coming up. Anthony’s presence will be vital to their success during that time.

Anthony has proven himself more than many expected this season, and it has led to the Knicks' resurgence. If he’s healthy, there’s no reason to think that that momentum cannot continue.

Stay tuned for updates regarding the Knicks' star player.

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