Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Melo has fluid buildup in knee
By ESPNNewYork.com staff
Carmelo Anthony has a fluid buildup in his right knee, as revealed by an MRI.
That's what Mike Woodson said Wednesday morning, according to reports from those covering the team in Detroit.
Anthony remains questionable for Wednesday night's game against the Pistons.
"Rest will probably be the best thing for him," Woodson said. "He's got to make that commitment. If he wants to sit down and rest a game or two, we'll do that. It's still a long season."
The Knicks (36-21) play the second game of their back-to-back Thursday at home against Oklahoma City. They play 18 games in March and have six sets of back-to-backs.
Woodson added that he'd like to reduce Anthony's minutes in the coming weeks to keep him fresh for the postseason. Anthony is averaging 37.8 minutes per game.
"I've been playing him close to 40 minutes a game. We got to get him down to about 35 minutes a game, somewhere in that neighborhood," Woodson said.
The decision to play Wednesday night will be up to Anthony, according to Woodson.
"I'll do whatever he wants to do," Woodson said. "Trust me, players know their own body. If he tells me he wants to play, I'm going to play him. I'm not going to fight him on that. I'm not going to fight any player who wants to play when you're talking about a player that can help you win games. If he says, 'Coach I need to sit down and rest a game or two,' I'm going to grant that, absolutely."