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Anthony has been banged up through much of the season.
Carmelo Anthony's production has fallen off since the season's early portion, and it'd be a safe assumption to attribute it primarily to injuries.
Through January 5, Anthony was putting up 29 points per contest in 37 minutes per game (while taking 21 attempts) on 48 percent field-goal shooting and 44 percent from downtown.
In the 26 games since, 'Melo has cooled off dramatically. His points per game are down to 25, and he's shooting just 40 percent from the field and 32 from behind the arc.
The drop-off in execution is hardly random. Some could argue that it's simply part of regressing to the mean, but Carmelo's health has played a role in the slide.
Anthony has been out of the lineup for six of the Knicks' last nine games and exited prematurely in two more, thanks to fluid buildup in his right knee. 'Melo initially opted for rest, instead of getting the knee surgically drained.
"I don't think I'll ever be 100 percent, to be honest with you, but I will play," he said on March 13, according to ESPN New York.
Well, he tried to play. But in that night's game against the Denver Nuggets, 'Melo shot 3-of-12 before heading to the locker room after 22 minutes with that sore knee.
That performance is what it finally took for Anthony to get the knee drained. It has seemed to solve the problem, but it brought a separate issue to light.
“It was from a slight hamstring pull,’’ Anthony said to the New York Post, “because it was in the back of the knee. It didn’t have anything to do with the actual knee, the ligaments. I tweaked a hamstring and fluid just drained down."
In an attempt to fight through the knee soreness, Carmelo tweaked a hamstring while overcompensating. It was a tweak that nobody had heard of before.
In his first game after the procedure, Anthony scored 21 points on 50 percent shooting against the Orlando Magic in 33 minutes.
Carmelo will need to be weary of the last two weeks and be up front with Mike Woodson regarding bumps or bruises of any kind. New York may be able to stay afloat without Anthony on a game-to-game basis, but a long-term hiatus would obliterate any chance the Knicks might have at an extended postseason run.