Carmelo Anthony out at Utah for leg

Updated: March 19, 2013, 12:35 PM ET
By Jared Zwerling | Special to

New York Knicks star forward Carmelo Anthony did not play Monday night against the Utah Jazz.

In addition to Anthony, center Tyson Chandler missed Monday night's game with a neck strain, and Kurt Thomas, who's been starting in place of Chandler, played 27 minutes off the bench despite a bone spur in his right foot, making a big impact defensively with three blocked shots.

Chandler will undergo an MRI Tuesday morning on his strained neck, league sources told ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard. Chandler also has a bruised knee.

Anthony, the NBA's second-leading scorer at 27.5 points per game, missed his sixth game in the Knicks' past eight with a right leg injury. Anthony also said that the fluid drained from his right leg late last week was not from a knee issue but one involving his hamstring.

Team officials said X-rays Monday on Thomas revealed his bone spur. Thomas is to have a follow-up MRI in New York on Tuesday.

After the Knicks' 90-83 victory over the Jazz, point guard Jason Kidd left the locker room in Utah with his left hand and wrist heavily wrapped.

The Knicks announced that X-rays on the injury were negative. Kidd said he got hurt in the third quarter swiping at the ball on a defensive play.

"It's just a bruise, that's all," he said. "I hit somebody's arm. I'm good. It's fine."

Jared Zwerling is a regular contributor to Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.



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