After sitting out on Monday’s game against the Houston Rockets, it now appears that Carmelo Anthony’s back will force him to miss the next two games. The New York Knicks are slated to play the Dallas Mavericks tonight and OKC on Friday before returning home to face off against Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat.
As reported by Kimberly John of theScore, when asked about the likelihood of Carmelo playing tonight and when to expect his return, coach Derek Fisher had this to say:
"As far as I'm aware, back spasms aren't really something that you can push or rush. Until you can actually play without being in spasms, there isn't really anything you can do. Hopefully that will be soon. His back will be the only indicator of how soon that can be. I don't think there's anything we can necessarily do to rush that right now."
Melo is averaging 23.2 PPG, 5.8 RPG and 3.2 APG for the Knicks this year, although at 4 – 11 it’s not making much of a difference. I know the Knicks have a new coach and a new system, but Phil has to get Carmelo some help - no wonder the guy is experiencing back spasms.
Tonight’s game between the Knicks and the Mavericks begins at 7:30 PM EST at the American Airlines Center and can be found on ESPN.
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