Opening Tip: Should Melo play in ASG?

February, 14, 2013
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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: Do you think Carmelo Anthony should sit out of the All-Star Game on Sunday because of his right arm contusion? Or does Melo have an obligation to suit up, even if it's just for a few minutes?

A contusion left Carmelo Anthony's arm "numb" and "dead" for stretches of Wednesday's game against the Toronto Raptors.

Anthony was in so much pain, in fact, he might sit out of Sunday's All-Star Game.

And that may be a good idea.

Don't be surprised if some people who say Anthony has an obligation to play in Houston because he was voted into the game by the fans.

I'd say his obligation, first and foremost, is to the Knicks.

And that means his priority should be to return home from Houston healthy and ready to hit the floor running in the second half.

"I'm not going to force it, definitely not going to force it," Anthony said.

The star forward suffered what he called a "deep" right arm contusion in the first quarter of Wednesday's loss to the Raptors, courtesy of a DeMar DeRozan elbow.

Anthony missed 19 of 24 shots and said afterward that his arm was "numb" for stretches of the game.

If he's in any discomfort heading into Sunday night's All-Star Game, Anthony won't hesitate to sit out.

"If I can't go, I can't go. Nothing I can do about that" he said.

QUESTION: What do you think? Does Anthony have an obligation to the NBA to play in Sunday's game?

Please leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

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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