New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony needed five stitches to his left middle finger after diving for a loose ball in the final moments of last nights road win over Michael Jordan's Charlotte Bobcats and said he doesn't know if he will be ready to suit for tonight's marquee matchup with the Heat in Miami.
According to a tweet from The New York Times Knicks beat reporter Nate Taylor, Anthony's finger is "so numb he can't feel it." With 2:10 remaining in the game, Anthony dove into the Knicks bench for a loose ball, not realizing that the Bobcats' shot clock had just expired. He immediately left for the locker room and did not return. Head coach Mike Woodson said moments after the game that he expects Anthony to play against Miami.
The game was won by the Knicks 100-98 on a step-back buzzer beater from J.R. Smith over rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, his first career buzzer-beater. Smith finished the night 6-16 from the field including 1-9 from three. According to Frank Isola of The New York Daily News, Anthony said his finger hurt but "J.R. made it feel better."
The Knicks look to extend their season-series to 2-0 against the Heat tonight. New York had beaten Miami 104-84 Nov. 2 at home in Madison Square Garden behind 30 points and 10 rebounds from Anthony.