- Ian Begley, ESPN Staff Writer
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Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony tweaked his groin in the third quarter of Monday night's 89-80 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. He will be re-evaluated on Tuesday morning and hopes to be available for Wednesday's home game against the Orlando Magic.
"I don't think it's too bad, I just want to take it day by day," Anthony said. "Tomorrow, (I'll) get re-evaluated and see what happens from there."
Anthony tweaked the injury during a spin move late in the third quarter. He clutched at his groin as he ran up the court and was evaluated by team trainers between the third and fourth quarters. He played 6:48 in the fourth quarter, scoring two points on 1-for-3 shooting.
"It aches a little bit right now. If I had to play tomorrow, I probably would," Anthony said after scoring 28 points on 8-for-20 shooting against Milwaukee. "But we'll see how it feels tomorrow."
Anthony suffered a strained right groin on Feb. 6 and missed seven games. He noted that Monday's injury was less severe than his previous groin ailment.
With Amare Stoudemire out indefinitely with a bulging disk in his lower back and Jeremy Lin day to day with a sore right knee, Anthony's health is of extreme importance for the Knicks (25-25). Monday's win gave New York a 2½ game edge over Milwaukee for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.
Anthony knows much of the offensive burden will be on him if Stoudemire is out for an extended period of time.
"A situation like this requires me to step my game up a little bit more, take it up a notch," Anthony said. "I love moments like this."
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