New York Knicks fans can breath a sigh of relief.
Carmelo Anthony's right knee injury suffered in Monday's win over the Cleveland Cavaliers is not expected to be serious and Mike Woodson is calling his status day-to-day, according to an interview the head coach gave Tuesday on ESPN Radio. The All-Star forward will be evaluated again on Tuesday in Detroit and will likely be a game time decision when the Knicks tip off against the Pistons on Wednesday night.
Anthony said after Monday's win that team doctors had done an MRI on his knee days earlier because of nagging pain he had been dealing with for the past few weeks, but added that the medical staff didn't think "it's too serious," according to a report from Al Iannazzone, Knicks beat reporter for Newsday.
The injury Monday night, which caused him to leave the game and not return, happened about midway through the second quarter. As recapped by our own Ben Golliver, Anthony fell to the court when his feet became entangled with each other after trying to catch an outlet pass from Jason Kidd.
Anthony said after the game that his knee obviously hurts but it's nothing new:
"[It's] just sore. No pain. Just sore, stiffness. But it's been going on for a while now. [S]ome days you wake up and you don't really feel right. I came and I tried to warm up in warmups, and it still didn't feel right. I thought it was going to loosen up before the game. Some of the things that I was doing, it felt like I was dragging my leg, and then that one particular play as well."
The Knicks, currently on top of the Atlantic Division with a 36-21 record, face Kevin Durant, who is four tenths of a point ahead of Anthony for the league's scoring title, and the rest of the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday, and have five sets of back-to-backs for the rest of March.