Opening Tip: Rest Melo vs. Pistons?

March, 5, 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: Assuming he has a choice, should Mike Woodson rest Carmelo Anthony for the next two days, so the Knicks' star is better prepared physically for the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday, and beyond?

In Monday night's victory over the Cavaliers, Carmelo Anthony suffered a right knee injury midway through the second quarter, and he did not return to the game. What the setback is specifically, the Knicks haven't announced yet. He is scheduled to be re-evaluated Wednesday, before the Knicks' game in Detroit.

Anthony told reporters in Cleveland after the game that the knee had been bothering him for a couple of weeks. That is a cause for concern, especially considering the Knicks' brutal upcoming schedule.

The Knicks have four back-to-back pairings -- mostly against teams over .500 -- the rest of March, and have two days off in between games only once. So perhaps Mike Woodson should consider sitting Anthony on Wednesday? This is assuming Woodson even has a choice; that nature of the injury might force Melo to the sideline, depending on how he feels.

The Knicks have already beaten Detroit three times this season -- and they played well together in the second half against the Cavs without Anthony. Obviously Anthony is a "big piece to the puzzle," as Woodson always says, but if there's one golden opportunity to rest him, it's on Wednesday.

Think that's the right move? Leave us your comments 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