Print and Go Back ESPN.com: New York Knicks [Print without images]

Friday, March 8, 2013
Melo's mysterious injury lingers ...

By Ian Begley

Mike Woodson says there is a “possibility” Carmelo Anthony will play in Saturday's game against the Utah Jazz.

That means there is also a “possibility” Anthony will be forced to sit it out.

If he does, that would be the third game Anthony’s missed due to what has become a mysterious right knee injury. Anthony admitted earlier this week that his knee had been bothering him for a couple weeks. He had an MRI sometime in mid-to-late February that revealed no significant damage, but while Anthony said the MRI came back clean, he admitted he’d felt tightness in the back of his knee.

“We knew his knee was sore,” Woodson said. “He was treated along the way and still playing.”

Anthony suffered further injury on Monday against Cleveland when he appeared to trip over his own feet. He walked off the court immediately after falling and hasn’t been back since.

The Knicks are officially listing Anthony as questionable for Saturday.

"I think he's going to be fine,” Woodson said on Thursday. “Only the doctors know best. Right now he's day-to-day. I'm not overly concerned. Again, I think he's day-to-day. Basically, he'll be back on the floor playing."

A look at Anthony’s recent numbers suggests the knee injury has affected his shot. In his past eight games, Melo is shooting 36.6 percent from the field and has made just nine of 44 attempts (20.5 percent) from 3-point range. Prior to that, Anthony was shooting 45 percent from the floor and hitting 41 percent of his 3-point attempts.

Also worth noting: Melo had logged more than 40 minutes in nine of the 10 games before his injury in Cleveland. Woodson said Thursday he hopes to decrease Anthony’s minutes when the All-Star forward returns to the floor.

Anthony's played an average of 37.8 minutes per game. He averaged 41 minutes per game in January and 38.8 in February. Woodson would like to play him closer to 35 minutes, his per-game average in November.

"I got to get to the point where I [get] his minutes back to where they were earlier in the year, and then start rotating guys in and out and hope like hell we get some good play from guys coming in and out," the coach said.

The Knicks are 4-5 without Anthony in the lineup this season. They average five fewer points per game when Anthony doesn’t play.

You can follow Ian Begley on Twitter.