Opening Tip: Should Woodson rest Melo?

April, 24, 2012
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Every weekday throughout the season, ESPNNewYork.com will tackle a burning question about the Knicks in our "Opening Tip" segment.

Today's Burning Question: Should Mike Woodson rest Carmelo Anthony Wednesday or Thursday?


Mike Woodson gave Tyson Chandler the day off on Sunday. Is it time to give Carmelo Anthony a breather?

Of course, the Knicks are still trying to win games. And Anthony hasn't said he'd like a day off, like Chandler did before Sunday's game against the Hawks.

But Anthony's played an awful lot lately.

So is it more important to have him fresh for the playoffs? Or do you want him on the floor as the Knicks posture for seeding?

Philadelphia and New York are both sitting at 34-30 but the Knicks hold the tiebreaker based on head-to-head match ups.

So the Knicks need to at least keep pace with Philly down the stretch to secure seventh place. They also have a remote shot to get to sixth, if Orlando loses out and the Knicks win out.

Having Anthony on the floor would obviously help their cause in either pursuit.

But he's played a season-high 37 minutes per game this month. And He's played 40 or more minutes in six of the Knicks' 11 April games.

Which brings us to our question: Do you think the Knicks would benefit from giving Anthony a rest? Or should he continue to play major minutes for the rest of the year?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Ian Begley

ESPN New York Writer

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Carmelo Anthony
PTS AST STL MIN
24.0 3.2 0.9 36.7
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsA. Stoude... 7.4
AssistsJ. Calderon 4.2
StealsP. Prigioni 1.3
BlocksS. Dalembert 1.2