Sunday, March 4, 2012
Melo healthy; Chandler hurtin'
By Ian Begley
Tyson Chandler wrapped his left wrist in protective padding as he left the locker room on Sunday. His wrist injury is clearly bothering him -- and it may continue to do so throughout the season.
"Anytime I land on it, anytime I get hit, it’s going to hurt," Chandler said after the Knicks' overtime loss to Boston on Sunday. "It’s just something I’ve got to deal with."
Chandler originally hurt his wrist against Dallas on Feb. 19 when he used his hands to brace a hard fall to the floor. He has played six games since. On Sunday, he was wearing a black protective glove on his left hand to protect the injury.
MELO 'FEELS GOOD': In January, Carmelo Anthony was bothered by wrist, thumb and ankle injuries. In February, he missed seven games with a groin injury. In March? Anthony says he feels pain-free.
"I feel good. I don’t feel like I have any injuries," Anthony said. "My injuries are gone now. Everything feels good for me."
Anthony scored 25 points on 8-of-21 shooting on Sunday.
He had six straight in the final 1:39 of regulation to help New York keep pace with Boston and Paul Pierce. Anthony knocked down a fallaway jumper over Pierce with 36 seconds to play to put the Knicks up 101-100. Pierce, of course, sent it into overtime with a 3-pointer with 4.9 seconds to play.
Anthony missed a jumper at the end of regulation with a chance to tie it. He went 0-for-4 with a turnover in overtime.
But he said one of his biggest mistakes happened right before halftime when he fouled Rajon Rondo 25 feet from the basket with one second to go in the half. That gave Anthony three fouls. He picked up his fourth foul five minutes into the third and had to sit. He returned with 8:40 to play in regulation.
"That was a big play," Anthony said of the Rondo foul before halftime. "I thought he ran into me. But he did a good job. That was a good smart play by Rondo running into me, getting that foul."