Melo hopes to return soon, but only when back is better

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

Carmelo Anthony hopes to return to the basketball court soon, but will only do so when his ailing back is feeling better.

“I don’t think it will be too long,’’ Anthony told The Post in Dallas prior to the Knicks’ 109-102 OT loss Wednesday. “I think the spasms will go away. But I’m not going to play with spasms.’’

Anthony came to American Airlines Center for the game that featured a matchup against former teammate Tyson Chandler, but was unable to go.

“I could barely walk or do anything [Tuesday] so I’m doing a little better,’’ Anthony told The Post. “I’m walking.’’

The Knicks visit Oklahoma City Friday before returning home Sunday to face Miami.

“They said these things are hard to gauge. I just don’t know how long I’ll be out,’’ Anthony later said through through the spokesman.

The Knicks dropped to 4-12 with the loss


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Game recap: Mavericks 109, Knicks 102 (OT)

Recap: The Knicks dropped their second straight game in Texas, falling in overtime, 109-102, to the Mavericks on Wednesday night in Dallas.


NBA: New York Knicks at Dallas Mavericks


Need to Know: Playing without Carmelo Anthony, the short-handed Knicks got 21 points and nine rebounds from Jose Calderon as they built a six-point lead in the fourth quarter. The Mavs rallied to take the lead late, but J.R. Smith’s fall-away jumper with 0.8 in regulation forced overtime.

The Knicks built two leads in overtime, but the Mavs registered nine straight points and held on for the six-point win.

Former Knicks forward Tyson Chandler dropped 17 points and 25 rebounds. Six different Knicks recorded in double figures with Samuel Dalembert and Calderon coming up big in the first game at their old stomping grounds.


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What’s next: The Knicks will wrap up their road trip on Friday in Oklahoma City at 8 p.m.

Tonight’s Game: Knicks at Mavericks

The Knicks are in Dallas on Friday night to take on the Mavericks.

The game is scheduled for 8 p.m. on MSG and ESPN Radio.

Quincy Acy, Amar’e Stoudemire, Samuel Dalember, Jose Calderon and Iman Shumpert are expected to start.

Carmelo Anthony is doubtful with back spasms.


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February 24, 2014
After eliminating an eight-point deficit in the final minute of the game, New York tied the score at 108-108 on a Carmelo Anthony triple with :10.6 left to play only to see a Dirk Nowitzki 19-footer touch every part of the basket and rattle home at the buzzer to propel the Dallas Mavericks past the New York Knicks 110-108 at Madison Square Garden. Carmelo led the way with 44 points, nine rebounds and four assists over 42 minutes. J.R. Smith posted 15 points, a team high seven assists, and four rebounds over 35 minutes. Tyson Chandler recorded a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Dallas was paced by Vince Carter’s 23 points on 8-17 shooting (7-12 3PT) off the bench. Jose Calderon posted 20 points and six assists over 34 minutes. Monta Ellis added 22 points and six assists over 41 minutes. To read more of this story, click here

Melo out for Mavs as Amar’e paints a dark picture

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

Carmelo Anthony is officially listed as doubtful for the Knicks game at Dallas tonight, and the forwardMelo isn’t expected to play because of back spasms.

“I think he’s probably doubtful for tonight, just making some progress, but not enough I think to be in a game, so it will be day-to-day I’m sure,’’ Knicks coach Derek Fisher told reporters in Dallas, per the New York Post. “I checked in with him yesterday, but he’s not in a lot of comfort, so really just trying to rest up and get himself better.’’

Anthony could also miss Friday’s game at Oklahoma City and it’s unclear when he would be able to return. The Knicks come home to host the Miami Heat on Sunday night. To read more of this story, click here

With Anthony out, Knicks should strongly consider relying on Stoudemire

Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer

As the Knicks await ultimate word as to how long (or whether or not) Carmelo Anthony will be forced to sit out, they’ll need to start looking across their roster for other offensive options to rely on in the interim.

Of course, the likes of J.R. Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr. are two players who are undoubtedly able to score in bunches, but so far this season, each one has failed to put forth a decent amount of consistency on the court. They should both considered wild cards on cold streaks.

Amare StoudemireOther than Anthony, Iman Shumpert has been pleasantly surprising on the offensive end, but even he still isn’t the type of player that can take control and pace his team’s offense in the star’s potential absence.

Who does that leave? Who can the Knicks turn to in this time of need? It may be time to start looking Amar’e Stoudemire’s way and start to consider utilizing him more substantially.

Up until this point, first-time head coach Derek Fisher and co. have handled Stoudemire’s situation with kid gloves. His minutes have fluctuated and his presence has wavered at times. But there’s no denying that when he’s been provided ample playing time, STAT has been one of the Knicks’ better players this season. Perhaps that doesn’t say all too much for a team that boasts a 4-11 record on the season, but it’s true.

Appearing in all but one game thus far, the forward has averaged an efficient 11.7 points (on 55 percent from the field) and 7.4 rebounds in 23.1 minutes per contest. Perhaps rather anxious to prove himself in the triangle offense, Stoudemire has been a tad overly aggressive this season. With his eyes constantly on the basket, he primarily searches for his own offense while on the floor. So far, he’s been able to back up such reasoning with steady play.

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Carmelo did not practice, doubtful for Wednesday

Carmelo Anthony did not practice with the team on Tuesday. Anthony left the game with back spasms in the first half on Monday night.

Anthony is considered doubtful to play on Wednesday, the team said.

Melo visited a Texas doctor on Tuesday to seek medical treatment on his back.