Denver Nuggets All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony sets a hard screen on Detroit Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey, who leaves the game with a shoulder contusion and may miss some time. Posted by Ben Golliver.
Denver Nuggets All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony has a lot going on in his world thanks to the ongoing trade talks, so the basketball court probably feels like a great place to get away from it all. Unfortunately, during the first quarter of Wednesday night's game against the Detroit Pistons, Anthony found himself in the middle of some on-court drama too.
With roughly two minutes remaining in the first quarter, Nuggets Chauncey Billups used an Anthony screen to free himself from Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey on a simple inbounds play. The screen worked to perfection, as Billups was wide-open, Detroit's defense was forced to scramble, and Billups found big man Shelden Williams wide open at the rim for an uncontested dunk.
The only problem? Anthony's screen might be considered borderline dirty by some, and it caused Stuckey to fall to the floor in obvious pain, clutching his shoulder. Television replays showed Anthony sliding to his right and moving forward to step into the pick, lowering his right shoulder into Stuckey's right shoulder with considerable force, standing Stuckey up immediately.
Here's a look at the play.
Leading with your shoulder while setting a screen happens a fair bit in the NBA, so Anthony's pick probably won't bring about league action, but it certainly should have been whistled as a foul on the floor.
After lying on the court for a considerable amount of time and being attended to by trainers, Stuckey was taken to the locker room for X-rays, which came back negative, according to NBA.com. He was diagnosed with a shoulder contusion and was listed doubtful to return. Stuckey did not return.
After the game, NBA.com reported that Stuckey plans to travel with the Pistons to Miami for their Friday game against the Heat, but isn't sure yet whether he will be able to play.
The Nuggets went on to beat the Pistons in Detroit, 109-100. Anthony finished with 18 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.