Carmelo Anthony questionable

Updated: March 9, 2013, 11:07 AM ET
By Ian Begley | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony is questionable for Saturday's game against the Jazz after sitting out Thursday night's 95-94 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder with a sore right knee.

Anthony, who also missed Wednesday's game against the Detroit Pistons, aggravated the knee in the first half of the Knicks' win against Cleveland on Monday.

Amar'e Stoudemire is also questionable for Saturday's game due to a sore knee.

Coach Mike Woodson said Anthony did not have any further tests on the knee Thursday and termed his status day to day. Anthony received treatment from the team's medical staff both before and during the Thunder game.

Woodson added that he was "not overly concerned" about Anthony's injury. Kurt Thomas started in Melo's place.

"I think he's going to be fine," Woodson said of Anthony. "Only the doctors know best."

Anthony said on Monday that his knee had been bothering him in recent days. An MRI taken recently revealed no structural damage, but he had felt tightness in the back of the knee.

Woodson said Thursday that he'd like to decrease Anthony's minutes once he returns. Anthony has 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.

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