Carmelo Anthony set to return Wednesday night

By Matt Moore | NBA writer

Anthony back Wednesday.  (Getty Images)
Anthony back Wednesday. (Getty Images)

Carmelo Anthony said at shootaround Wednesday morning he was experiencing no issues with his injured knee and plans to play for the Knicks on Wednesday night vs. the Magic.

The Knicks are officially listing Anthony as "probable" for the game against Orlando, but Anthony said after Wednesday's shootaround that his knee is pain-free and he's ready to play.

"I feel good as of right now, so I'll be ready to play tonight," Anthony said. “I'm not thinking about my knee. I'm not thinking about anything. I feel good. Now I'm just playing ball at this point.”

(via Carmelo Anthony of New York Knicks ready for return Wednesday vs. Orlando Magic - ESPN New York)

Anthony missed six of the last eight games and was limited time in the two in which he played since tweaking the knee earlier this month. The Knicks struggled mightily without Anthony but did get a big win without him vs. the Utah Jazz on Monday to end a four-game losing streak.

Getting Anthony back is pivotal as the Knicks need to right the ship. The Celtics and Nets have been gaining ground on the Knicks' division lead. They need to maintain it not only for homecourt but to avoid the emotional letdown of starting so hot and losing the division title.

Anthony's injury status was confusing. He seemed to injure it, play through it, then re-injure it without geting further tests on it. He finally had the knee drained last week.

Anthony is averaging 27.5 points and 6.2 rebounds this season, shooting a second-career-best .554 true shooting percentage (factoring 3-pointers and free throws).

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