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Carmelo Anthony Likely to Return Tonight from Ankle Injury


The New York Knicks star forward Carmelo Anthony is listed as probable for tonight’s matchup against the San Antonio Spurs. Anthony has not played in the last three games for the Knicks due to an ankle injury sustained on December 23rd in a game against the Orlando Magic.

Carmelo Anthony has arguably been the only source of offensive production for the New York Knicks this season, as he has led the Knicks in scoring in every single game that he’s played in thus far this year. Anthony is averaging 26.3 points per game this year, while the next highest Knicks scorer is averaging 12.2 points per game less than Anthony (Andrea Bargnani, 14.1 PPG). Carmelo Anthony is by far the most productive player on the Knicks, and with him on the sidelines the Knicks have yet to win this year.

There is no doubt that the Knicks are in fact struggling this season, and although some of that failure can be blamed on injury (Carmelo Anthony, Raymond Felton, Tyson Chandler, and others have all missed significant time this year), at some point one has to redirect the blame to the coaching/personnel. Currently, the Knicks are 9-21 and are 14th in the Eastern Conference. At this point of the season last year, the Knicks were 21-9 and were 2nd in the East, a legitimate reversal of fortune. Although many believe that Mike Woodson is to blame, the Knicks have scarcely had all their starters healthy this season and that is serving as an excuse for Woodson to maintain his job. Hopefully for the Knicks Carmelo Anthony can spark the Knicks in tonight’s game against the Spurs, as they desperately need a huge win to get them back on track.

This is not how we envisioned it coming into this season, but it is what it is at this point… We can’t be crying about it. We gotta find a solution to it.”

Carmelo Anthony will be playing with 9 days rest, and that should prove to be a suitable amount of time. Both he and Tyson Chandler should be back at 100%, and now all the Knicks need is to get Raymond Felton back from his groin injury and they can finally have the roster they imagined having all year. There is a lot of time left in the season for the Knicks to bounce back, and hopefully that starts tonight with Carmelo Anthony most likely back in the lineup.

You can see Carmelo back in action by grabbing New York Knicks vs. San Antonio Spurs tickets while they’re still available.

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