Carmelo Anthony struggling with shoulder injury, will play through it

By Matt Moore | NBA writer

Carmelo Anthony has a shoulder injury. (USATSI)
Carmelo Anthony has a shoulder injury. (USATSI)

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There was something wrong with New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony Friday night. In the Knicks' loss to the Wizards, it wasn't just Melo's shooting line (5-of-14 for 10 points and no free throws, to go along with eight rebound and five assists). He was laboring, grimacing, and he had nine turnovers, often on bad passes. Something wasn't right with his shoulder.

Afterwards, Anthony admitted he suffered an injury earlier this week and it's giving him major problems.

The injury is not the one to the left shoulder he suffered an injury to in last year's playoffs that he skipped surgery on. It's his right shoulder, because, really, what else could happen this season for New York. But Anthony's not taking any time off with the Knicks on the verge of playoff oblivion, facing the Heat on Sunday.

The Knicks lost Friday in part because on the final possession, Anthony tried to split a double team out of the pick and roll vs. the Wizards. He lost the ball, J.R. Smith threw up a wild shot that was blocked, game over.

Say what you want about Anthony, but don't question his toughness. He's set to be a free agent if he opts out, and he's playing through an injury that limits his ability to raise his arm. That's tough stuff. But can he handle the ball as much with the injury? Should he?

These are pivotal questions as the Knicks face another must-win vs. the Heat Sunday.

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