Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony re-aggravated his sore left knee during the team’s 117-113 loss to the Bucks on Tuesday.
Anthony was injured in the first half when he hit the court after going for a loose ball with Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo. He briefly left the court and went to the locker room to get the knee retaped. Anthony scored 26 points with six rebounds and five assists in 37 minutes against the Bucks.
He said after the game that his knee has been bothering him since the season’s second game, on Oct. 30, a 95-90 win against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
"It's been sore since maybe the Cleveland game," Anthony said to the New York Post. "I've had some tests. I really don't know exactly what's going on with it -- I mean, I know what's going on with it. But like I said, for me it's just a matter of just not kind of thinking about and playing through it."
Anthony says the injury is not serious and there has been no swelling in the knee. He had arthroscopic surgery on that same knee three seasons ago.
Knicks coach Derek Fisher said he thought Anthony would be fine for now.
"We played a lot of games in a short time, and you know Melo's obviously carrying a big load," Fisher told the Associated Press. "I'm sure he'll be OK. We'll keep an eye on him and make sure he's good, though."
Anthony is averaging 24.1 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists this season for the Knicks (3-9), who play the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday.
- Scooby Axson