May 18, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) warms up before game six of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Carmelo Anthony Will Have Injured Left Shoulder Examined



New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony struggled with his shots throughout the Indiana series. Question is, how much of it was due to his left shoulder injury he suffered back in April against the Indiana Pacers, and again re-injured in the first round?

Well, Anthony will have that injured left shoulder re-examined by team doctors, within the next few days, to determine the extent of the injury.

Anthony originally injured his shoulder in a regular-season win over the Pacers in April, but re-injured it again in Game 5 of the first round of the playoffs against the Boston Celtics. Anthony reported that his left shoulder “popped in and out,” and ever since that re-injury, he struggled with his shot, and looked uncomfortable at times.

Anthony refused to make it an excuse, and did not want that injury to get in his and the Knicks’ way of trying to go deep in the playoffs. Unfortunately, it affected his shot, and Anthony wasn’t the same player who scorched the league in previous months and won the scoring title. Throughout the playoffs, Anthony made 40 percent of his shots—a decline from the 45 percent he was from the field in the regular season.

For the Knicks’ sake, let’s hope that Anthony’s shoulder injury is not too serious and just requires therapy to heal it, and not surgery.

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