He tried to fight through it, but it was pretty clear for most of last season that Carmelo Anthony's knee was never right. He still averaged 24.2 points per game for the Knicks, but his rebounding numbers fell off and his efficiency took a hit even before he underwent surgery on the knee after just 40 games. Hopefully, Anthony can come back at full strength, however, he has now missed at least 10 games in three of four seasons and is 31 on opening night, so there is plenty of risk here. Still, Anthony is one of the most gifted scorers in the game, with the potential to contribute close to eight rebounds, two 3-pointers and three assists per game, production not many can match. He is worth targeting in the early rounds on Draft Day even with the risk.
Anthony will be rested for the Knicks' regular season finale Tuesday versus Indiana. Anthony has played in each of the last three games, but he'll take the night off Tuesday as the Knicks' season comes to a disappointing close. The 31-year-old Anthony, who turns 32 next month, will close the year with averages of 21.8 points, 7.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game in 72 contests.
Anthony could rest for Tuesday's finale against the Pacers, Al Iannazzone of Newsday reports. The Knicks have already ruled Jose Calderon (thigh) and Kristaps Porzingis (shoulder) out for Tuesday's game, but coach Kurt Rambis said he's not yet sure whether or not Anthony will play. Rambis said he'll speak with Anthony later in the day and the two will come to a decision prior to game-time.
Anthony scored 21 points (7-16 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 6-6 FT) while adding six rebounds, three assists and a block in 25 minutes during Sunday's loss to the Raptors. Cleanthony Early and Langston Galloway both played more than 20 minutes each off the bench as the Knicks try to give their younger players some extra court time down the stretch, but Anthony still found a way to be productive without his usual workload. Expect him to start in the team's final game of the season, Tuesday in Indiana, but it wouldn't be a surprise if he played fewer than 30 minutes once again.
Anthony said he will play in each of the Knicks' final four games, the New York Post reports. Anthony has, for the most part, refused to rest over the final portion of the season, even with it clear that the Knicks are well out of playoff contention. He did take Sunday's game off for maintenance reasons but was quick to tell coach Kurt Rambis that he will start the team's last four contests. Expect to see Anthony back on the court Wednesday against Charlotte before the Knicks finish out with matchups against the 76ers (Friday), Raptors (Sunday) and Pacers (next Tuesday).
Anthony will sit out Sunday's game against Indiana to rest. According to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, interim head coach Kurt Rambis noted that he anticipated Anthony's absence to be a "one game thing", so don't be concerned if you are relying on Anthony in standard leagues. Cleanthony Early, who is coming off of a seven point, six rebound performance Friday, will get the start in Anthony's place, but will be a risky play in daily leagues given his inconsistency as a scorer this year. Expect Anthony to return on Wednesday against Charlotte and play normal minutes in the final few games of the season.
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