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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Knicks' Carmelo Anthony Listed as Game-Time Decision for Christmas against OKC

By on 12/24/2013 04:00:00 PM

In what's been an overall disappointing season for the team, Knicks star Carmelo Anthony sprained his left ankle in Monday's 103-98 win over the Orlando Magic and is now being listed as a game-time decision for Wednesday's Christmas game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Knicks roster has been ravaged by injury, with six of the team's top 10 players, including point guard Raymond Felton, missing multiple games due to various complications. Felton will be sitting out
Wednesday's game after hearing a "pop" in his groin during Monday night's game.

Felton spoke to Al Iannazzone of Newsday about the team's less than impressive 9-18 start, saying,
"It's just that type of year. Pray for us. Pray for us. I'm serious, though."
Anthony left Monday's game after he went up for an offensive rebound and landed awkwardly on the foot of Tobias Harris and did not return. However, Anthony says he still believes he will be able to play Wednesday afternoon when the Knicks host the Thunder.
"It's on," Anthony said. "I still have it. It ain't going nowhere, so I'll be there... It's Christmas in the Garden. I don't want to miss that game."
The 29-year-old said he tried to walk it off but the "pain was too much." He also mentioned that he "severely" sprained his ankle last season, keeping him out of two games, and this felt nothing like that. Anthony also said he's not considering resting.
"I'm hard-headed sometimes when it comes to that."
Anthony is leading the league this season is minutes played this season averaging a whopping 39 mpg, nine minutes in the fourth quarter, alone. At this rate, Anthony will pass his single-season record of 2,995 minutes played set in his rookie year. He has also been the team's leading scorer in every game so far this season.

With most the team banged up, the Knicks are relying heavily on Anthony to keep the team afloat, which is a huge reason Anthony may decided to suit up Christmas day.


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