Anthony (knee) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Spurs, NBA.com reports. Anthony was sidelined for Thursday's loss to the Trail Blazers, and his status Saturday appears up in the air. It is unclear when the veteran small forward sustained the injury, but it is likely due to the wear and tear of the season. If that is the case, Anthony could be in danger of missing a few more contests as the season winds down due to the Knicks positioning outside of the playoff picture. Look for Mindaugas Kuzminskas to draw another spot start should Anthony be forced to sit out again, while Justin Holiday could see an increased role providing depth off the bench.
Anthony has a sore left knee and will be unavailable for Thursday's tilt against the Trail Blazers. This is the first news of Anthony having a knee injury, though it was reported on Tuesday that he would likely be seeing less minutes moving forward. The Knicks are probably playing it safe with Anthony, as they are well out of the playoff hunt and may be interested in seeing what their younger guys are capable of. Fantasy owners still probably shouldn't drop Anthony, but his status for all upcoming games should be monitored, as it's possible this won't be the last time he's listed as unavailable with little to no warning earlier in the day.
Anthony's minutes are expected to be reduced over the last 12 games of the season, starting with Wednesday's matchup against the Jazz, Frank Isola of New York Daily News reports. Anthony managed just 25 minutes in Monday's game against the Clippers and that drop in playing time appears to be the plan moving forward, as the Knicks are out of playoff contention and could look to get some of their younger players more minutes. There's obviously a chance he sees a 30-minute workload some nights, but he shouldn't be expected to consistently reach the 38.2 minutes he averaged in the five games previous to Monday's contest. While fantasy owners shouldn't drop Anthony, there's a still a chance his value trends downward as the season comes to its completion, so that will be something to monitor moving forward.
Anthony tallied 22 points (8-17 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 3-5 FT), 13 rebounds, one assist and one steal across 41 minutes during Tuesday's 87-81 victory over the Pacers. Anthony's 41 minutes marks his highest workload since Jan. 29's triple-overtime game against the Hawks, and he hasn't played less than 35 minutes in a contest since Feb. 1 against the Nets. Over this 16 game stretch, Anthony is averaging 23.0 points (44.3 percent from the field and 39.4 percent from three), 5.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists across 37.7 minutes per game, which if spread out over the course of a season would be his most minutes per game since 2013-14. While his stats have fluctuated throughout the season, likely frustrating those who've rostered him in DFS, his increased workload puts his value as high as it's ever been this season, despite the Knicks' struggles.
Anthony scored a game-high 27 points (10-26 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 6-7 FT) while adding seven rebounds, three assists and a block in 37 minutes during Sunday's 120-112 loss to the Nets. He passed 10,000 career points with the Knicks during the game, joining Hall of Famers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Elvin Hayes as the only players in NBA history to reach that mark with two different franchises. Sunday's performance was also the first time in March that Anthony has topped 20 points, offering some hope that his sore knee might be improving.
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