Saturday, March 1, 2014
Melo may need tests on injured hand
By Ian Begley
NEW YORK -- Carmelo Anthony thinks he may need an X-ray or MRI to determine the extend of his injured right hand.
Anthony said his hand was hit "multiple times" during the Knicks' loss to the Warriors on Friday.
"It's very sore," Anthony said.
He did not rule out the possibility of getting tests on the hand.
The Knicks' next game is Sunday against Chicago.
It is unclear when Anthony initially injured the hand, though he appeared to make contact with Andre Iguodala early in the second half.
He was shaking his hand out after the shot.
Anthony finished with 23 points on 7-for-26 shooting. He had 16 rebounds.
Mike Woodson was asked after the game if he'd consider playing Anthony fewer minutes in the Knicks' final 23 regular season games.
"It’s hard to back off minutes for Carmelo. I wish I could," Woodson said. "We have kind of been singing that tune all season. Melo is a big piece of what we do and the games that we have won he has been very instrumental. ... It is tough to sit him."
Anthony entered play Friday leading the NBA in minutes per game at 39.1.
Tyson, Speights tussle: One of the few Knicks to show some fight on Friday was Tyson Chandler. Chandler and Golden State’s Marreese Speights got into it in the fourth quarter. Chandler and Speights got into a shoving match midway through the fourth, drawing double technicals. Chandler then continued to jaw at Speights after the Warriors forward hit two jump shots over him. He was then whistled for his second technical and tossed out of the game.
"It was just a night of frustration," Chandler said, adding that he had no history with Speights.
Chandler finished with six points and 12 rebounds but missed 8 of 10 shots.
"I am glad no punches were thrown and we surely can’t have him suspended. I am glad that didn’t happen," Woodson said.
Woody still optimistic?!?! Even though the Knicks are six games out of eighth place with 23 to play, Woodson wants his guys to remain optimistic about their playoff chances.
"We got to still stay in the moment. ... Like I told them in the locker room, you still got a shot at it," Woodson said after Friday's loss. "Somewhere along the line we got to draw the line and figure out if we are really committed as a team and want to try to get into the playoffs."