Carmelo Anthony: Ankle good, wrist not

Updated: January 16, 2012, 11:16 PM ET
By Christopher Hunt | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony said that his sprained right ankle felt good during Monday's game against Orlando.

He scored 33 points with eight rebounds, five assists and three steals in 39 minutes in the 102-93 loss at the Garden after he missed the second half of Thursday's loss at Memphis and sat out a blowout loss at Oklahoma City.

But Anthony walked gingerly to his locker after having treatment on the ankle after the game Monday. He said he aggravated the ankle, stepping on Hedo Turkoglu's foot midway through the fourth quarter. Anthony said, however, he will play against Phoenix on Wednesday night.

Anthony said the left wrist sprain he suffered Thursday bothered him more than the ankle on Monday.

"The ankle is feeling good, up until (stepping on Turkgolu's foot)," he said. "It was more my wrist, being able to control the ball. Even though I had two hands on the ball I was really shooting with one. I couldn't really control the ball so a lot of my shot were long, flat. But that's neither here nor there. I'll get better at that."

Anthony shot 9 for 27 and missed 7 of 8 from 3-point range. The foward sprained his wrist in the first quarter against Memphis and sat out the rest of the game when he sprained his right ankle early in the third period.

"I'm not too concerned about my ankle," Anthony said. "It's just about strengthening up and getting that strength back, spending more time in the training room with the trainers. No days off for me. I just want to make sure that my body is right."

Christopher Hunt is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.

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