New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will have his knee drained of fluid in the latest effort to rehabilitate the injury after a 23-point loss at the Denver Nuggets.
In a game last night in which center Tyson Chandler was sidelined early with his own knee injury, Anthony departed the game against his former team during the third quarter after his right knee began to stiffen. He injured the knee on March 4 and missed three games before returning March 11, and finished yesterday’s game with nine points on 3-of-12 shooting.
“I just didn’t have it,” Anthony said, according to the New York Post. “I tried it. I think it was just time for me to give it some time and get to the bottom of it as soon as possible. It started tightening up. I felt I had no pop or power. I tried it in the second half and couldn’t move.”
Anthony’s 27.5 points per game this season are tied for second in the NBA behind Kevin Durant. The Knicks, who lost forward Amar’e Stoudemire to a knee injury last week, are 38-24, 1 1/2 games ahead of the Brooklyn Nets for the Atlantic Division lead.
Anthony will return to New York for treatment, possibly ruling him out for the final three games of the Knicks’ road trip: at the Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Clippers and Utah Jazz.
“I’m just going to get it drained, get the fluid out, so I can get back on the court,” Anthony said.
Chandler exited during the second quarter with a bruised left knee after a collision with the Nuggets’ Corey Brewer.
He wasn’t on crutches after the game and said he was “all right,” according to the New York Daily News.
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