Carmelo Anthony Injury: Updates on Knicks Star's Ankle

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistDecember 13, 2012

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Carmelo Anthony is still dealing with a bothersome ankle injury.


UPDATE: Wednesday, December 19 at 6:17 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to New York Newsday reporter Al Iannazzone, Anthony will play Wednesday night versus the Brooklyn Nets:

Carmelo Anthony is playing.

— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) December 19, 2012


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UPDATE: Tuesday, December 18 at 1:55 p.m. ET

Discouraging news for Knicks fans as Carmelo Anthony (ankle) is currently listed as a game-time decision for tomorrow's contest against the Nets, according to ESPN's Ian Begley.

Melo is a game-time decision for Wednesday. Ankle is badly bruised. #Knicks

— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) December 18, 2012

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UPDATE: Monday, December 17 at 6:05 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

The New York Knicks will be without their superstar against the Houston Rockets and Carmelo Anthony will rest his ankle tonight. 

CBS Sports' Ken Berger reported the following:

No Carmelo Anthony tonight, Mike Woodson says.

— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) December 17, 2012

Anthony has been as impressive as any player in the NBA this season, and New York will not be the same team without him. 

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UPDATE: Monday, December 17 at 11:58 a.m. ET

Carmelo Anthony (ankle) is officially a game-time decision for tonight's game, according to's Adam Zagoria.

Melo is gametime decision for knicks

— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) December 17, 2012

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UPDATE: Monday, December 17 at 10:33 a.m. ET

Great news for Knicks fans as Carmelo Anthony is expected to return to action tonight against Jeremy Lin's Houston Rockets, according to New York Post's Marc Berman.

Carmelo Anthony is expected to play tonight against Jeremy Lin and the Rockets despite his sprained left ankle, but the Knicks did not upgrade his status from questionable, saying they had no updates.

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UPDATE: Saturday, Dec. 15 at 6:11 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to MSG Network's Alan Hahn, Anthony is day-to-day:

Woodson says Melo out and day-to-day. Rasheed also out with a sore left foot. Biggest news: Chris Copeland starts at the PF spot. #Knicks

— Alan Hahn (@alanhahn) December 15, 2012

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UPDATE: Friday, Dec. 14 at 6:35 p.m. ET by Mike Hoag

Carmelo Anthony will sit against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday, despite pleas from the hobbled star, according to Frank Isola of Anthony has lobbied his coaching staff to play despite claiming he landed awkwardly on his left ankle and is still sore:

“I'm real sore right now…ankle, knee, hip. It was the way I landed on the floor," Anthony said, according to Isola.

While Anthony's toughness and desire to be on the court with his teammates is admirable, it isn't in the best interest of the Knicks to play and risk further injury.

Cleveland hasn't been very good this season, so it makes sense to take some precautionary steps and allow Melo to heal before putting him back on the floor.

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UPDATE: Friday, Dec. 14 at 12:35 p.m. ET by Ethan Grant

Officially, reports from the Knicks are out that Carmelo is questionable for tomorrow night's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Al Iannazzone of New York Newsday had the scoop:

Knicks say Carmelo Anthony is questionable for tomorrow night.

— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) December 14, 2012

It's no surprise after Melo went down that we might not see him for a few games. Since the rest of the team is red-hot and the Knicks can't afford to lose him long-term, don't be surprised if team doctors decide to hold out the superstar against Cleveland.

Continue to check back on Melo's status as the game approaches on Saturday night.

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UPDATE: Friday, Dec. 14 at 8:55 a.m. ET by Tim Daniels

Anthony's status for Saturday night's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers remains up in the air. The star forward said he doesn't know if his ankle will allow him to suit up, according to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.

Carmelo, speaking with a small group of reporters, says he is not sure if he'll play Saturday vs Cavs.

— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) December 14, 2012

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The injury happened midway through the third quarter with the Knicks ahead, 77-61. Careening into the lane for a layup, Anthony was walloped by Dwight Howard and drew the foul. On impact, Anthony went down hard and landed awkwardly, leaving mouths agape with fear at Madison Square Garden.

However, ‘Melo popped back up and knocked down one of his two free throws to put the Knicks ahead by 17. Unfortunately, the awkward landing visibly affected Anthony, as he came away with a noticeable limp and trainers took him to the locker room.

Before being injured, Anthony had been sensational throughout the contest. Continuing a recent streak of scintillating play against top  teams, Anthony had 30 points on 10-of-15 shooting and three rebounds in a mere 23 minutes of play.

That’s nothing new for Anthony, who has to be an early-season MVP candidate. Heading into Thursday night’s clash with the Lakers, Anthony was averaging 27.7 points and 6.6 rebounds per game while leading New York to a 16-5 record. Those 16 victories included two against the Heat and one against the Nets, as the Knicks soared ahead of their Eastern Conference counterparts.

With the Knicks in a comfortable position, it’s likely that they will be as conservative as possible in regard to Anthony’s injury.

Still, be sure to check back in as we give you the latest updates on Anthony's injury and return date.