Monday, December 31, 2012
Anthony questionable against Portland
By Ian Begley
GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Carmelo Anthony is officially listed as questionable for Tuesday's game against Portland, but if his left knee doesn't improve markedly in the next 24 hours, he says he probably won't play.
Anthony has missed the Knicks' past two games due to a hyperextended left knee.
He participated in part of the Knicks' practice Monday, working on conditioning and shooting, and he said afterward that he lacked power and lift in his knee.
"There’s no pain, just weakness in my leg," Anthony said. "I don’t feel like I have the full strength that I need right now."
Anthony, the Knicks' leading scorer, said he will test his knee on Tuesday and likely won't know his status until prior to tipoff.
He has missed six games due to injury this season. The Knicks (21-9) are 3-3 without Anthony.
Most recently, they'd beaten Phoenix on a jumper at the buzzer from J.R. Smith and then lost to Sacramento on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer.
Anthony has not undergone an MRI or X-ray on the injury, which occurred on Christmas Day when Marcus Camby fell into his knee.
Anthony finished the game against the Lakers but was forced to sit out after his knee swelled up on the plane ride to Phoenix.
"It still doesn’t feel right as far as my bounce and having my legs and the power I need," Anthony said after practice Monday. "If I don’t have lift or the power back in my legs [on Tuesday], I don’t think I’m going to try to [play]. But I’ll see."
In other injury news, Rasheed Wallace did not practice for the second straight day and is questionable for the Portland game. He has missed the past eight games due to a stress reaction in his left foot.
Jason Kidd missed his second straight practice for what the team called a recovery day. Tyson Chandler also missed practice for the second straight day with a sprained right ankle.
Mike Woodson said he expects to have Chandler and Kidd in uniform Tuesday. He called Wallace "day to day."