Anthony back; Shumpert out

February, 20, 2012
2/20/12
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Forward Carmelo Anthony will return to the floor on Monday for the New York Knicks after missing the past seven games with a strained right groin.

Tyson Chandler will also play in the Knicks' home game against the New Jersey Nets. He injured his back and his wrists after a second-half fall in the Knicks' win over the Mavericks on Sunday.

Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni also says Baron Davis will play, but Iman Shumpert will sit with a knee injury.

The coach revealed Shumpert has been playing through pain in his left knee but it became too great to bear after Sunday's game. He is officially listed as day to day.

"Rest will take care of something like that," D'Antoni said.

Davis suited up for the first time this season on Sunday but did not play. He is expected to make his season debut Monday after sitting out the first seven weeks with a back injury.

The Knicks signed the veteran point guard in late December hoping that he'd be able to return from a herniated disk ailment in 8-10 weeks.

Prior to the emergence of Jeremy Lin, Davis was slated to be the team's starter.

But Lin has unexpectedly lead the team to eight wins in his first nine starts, relegating Davis to a backup role.

"Right now Jeremy is the starter and then Baron is going to get ready and get [in] game shape and we'll see," D'Antoni said. "Nothing's ever written in stone, but Jeremy's playing pretty well."

Lin led the Knicks to a 6-1 record with Anthony out.

Many people have wondered how Anthony will fit into the Knicks' offense under Lin, who has become the talk of the NBA over the Knicks' past nine games. Anthony traditionally thrives in isolation situations. So far under Lin, the Knicks' offense has been predicated on ball movement.

Anthony laughed off the notion that he'd have trouble fitting in with Lin when speaking to reporters last week.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Carmelo Anthony
PTS AST STL MIN
27.4 3.1 1.2 38.7
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsC. Anthony 8.1
AssistsP. Prigioni 3.5
StealsI. Shumpert 1.2
BlocksA. Bargnani 1.2