Carmelo Anthony was healthy enough to play through an arm contusion in Wednesday night's loss to the Toronto Raptors, but the New York Knicks forward's status is officially up in the air for this Sunday's All-Star Game, per ESPN's Jared Zwerling:
Jared Zwerling @JaredZwerling
Melo suffered a contusion on his right arm. Was bothering him all game. He said his play in the All-Star Game is in question. #Knicks2013-2-14 04:01:57
UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 14, at 10:45 p.m. ET by Ethan Grant
According to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, sources have informed the NBA that Anthony will be a go in Houston, and claim his spot in the starting lineup for the Eastern Conference All Star team:
The NBA, according to a source, has been informed that Carmelo Anthony intends to play in Sunday's All Star Game.— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) February 14, 2013
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Anthony suffered the injury during the first quarter after taking a hit from Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan. He was noticeably bothered by the injury all game long, knocking down just five of his 24 shots en route to a 12-point night.
It was one of Anthony's worst shooting performances of his career and halted his streak of three straight games with 30 or more points. Following the game, Anthony spoke to reporters and described the feeling as "dead arm," according to the New York Times' Nate Taylor:
Nate Taylor @ByNateTaylor
Carmelo Anthony: “It was kind of like a dead arm out there."2013-2-14 04:13:51
All told, this doesn't seem like an injury that should affect Anthony after the All-Star break. He went on to play 41 minutes Wednesday night despite the "dead arm" feeling, though his effectiveness certainly took a nosedive.
However, it's undoubtedly comforting to Knicks fans that Anthony avoided a more serious problem. The 28-year-old forward is in the midst of arguably his finest season, averaging a career-high 29 points and 6.4 rebounds prior to Tuesday's contest. He's also made a transition to a full-time power forward role, embracing the position switch with a maturity that he may not have shown earlier in his career.
All of that has culminated in Anthony leading the Knicks to a 32-18 record and second-place standing in the Eastern Conference. Partially spurred by his increasing maturity and leadership capabilities, Anthony was named as an Eastern Conference All-Star starter for the second straight season, giving him six overall selections.
Unfortunately for those fans making the trek to Houston, Anthony may not be on the floor to receive his honor.
Be sure to check back in as we give you the latest updates on Anthony's arm injury and expected return date.