Originally posted on ZagsBlog.com:

NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony said the plan was always to return from his finger injury on Sunday.

It didn’t matter that Sunday’s opponent happened to be his former team, the Denver Nuggets, the same team he forced into trading him to the Knicks in a blockbuster deal in February 2011.

“It didn’t have nothing to do with that,” Anthony said in the Knicks locker room following his 34-point outburst in the Knicks’ 112-106 victory over the Nuggets at Madison Square Garden. “I don’t got no hard feelings towards them.”

It just happened to work out that Anthony’s return from an injury to his left middle finger after a two-game absence coincided with Denver’s arrival in New York, which owns the best record in the Eastern Conference (15-5).

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