Melo has strained right shoulder, is expected to play Sunday at Heat

Josh Newman

Carmelo Anthony looked out of sorts on Friday night, committing an uncharacteristic nine turnovers in a 90-89 loss to the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. 

The reason for him not looking right became clearer in the postgame locker room.

The Knicks announced Anthony has a strained right shoulder. X-rays taken after he scored just 10 points to go along with eight rebounds, five assists and four steals were negative. He is expected to play on Sunday when the Knicks travel to the Miami Heat.

Anthony revealed postgame that the injury first occurred on Wednesday during the Knicks’ 110-81 home win over the Nets. On Friday night, the problems lingered, but it did not stop him from playing 38 minutes.

“Throughout the game, there was no strength,” Anthony said. “Hopefully, I’ll be alright.”

“Well, I knew it was bothering him, but you know, we gotta have Melo on the floor,” Knicks head coach Mike Woodson said. “I tried to give him a break, but I played him through the third quarter and the beginning of the fourth quarter. I tried to give him a little breather.”

Anthony admitted that with 1:02 left in the first half, he called a timeout because the shoulder gave out on him momentarily.

There is little doubt that Anthony will do everything in his power to play in these final five games as the Knicks fight for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot. They trail the Atlanta Hawks by a game for that eighth spot, but are two back in the loss column and are unlikely to possess the tiebreaker. After the Heat, the Knicks are off until Friday when they travel to the Atlantic Division-leading Toronto Raptors.

“There was no way I was coming out, not under these circumstances,” Anthony said. “Not in this dog fight we are in.”

Anthony injured his left shoulder late in the 2012-13 regular season. There were lingering effects, but he played in all 12 of the Knicks’ playoff games. It was later revealed he had a partially torn labrum, for which he opted for rehabilitation instead of surgery.

 




40 comments
Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

The dumbest thing about this whole Melo injury, is if it was a painful as he claims, then why draw the play up for him? Why keep him in the game? To me the biggest problem with this years team and there have been many is just the stupidity of them, which is a reflection of their coach. Late game execution hasn't just been bad, it's been embarrassing. So many times this year we take things that NBA players should know what to do and then do the opposite, last nights season ending debacle was very appropriate. Down 1 with 20 seconds, you don't run the clock down, so if you miss you foul, other team goes up 3, still have a chance. Down 1, we take a half court 3 point prayer. How many times can you say the same thing this year. I'm so pleased that Phil is taking over, everything he preaches is what this franchise needs, and is the exact opposite of what he stands for. The most intersting thing now isn't about getting swept in the first round if by some miracle they get in, but about which coach he brings in, and what new players come on board to develop the right way to play.

rgm891
rgm891

I just don't understand why we don't use Melo as a decoy ever in late game situations.  It makes zero sense.  Such bad execution over and over again.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

Hollinger playoff odds are down to 13.5% today. That's about a 1 in 7 chance to make it to the post season.

NYKnickerBocker
NYKnickerBocker

Melo"s hurting from a shoulder standpoint - Mike Woodson

Ray Jorge
Ray Jorge

OFF TOPIC: WAS KYRIE HURT LAST NIGHT??? IN A PG LEAUGE HE"S ONE OF THE BEST HOW THE FFF THEY LET THE HAWKS BLOW THEM OUT???!!! HE'S CONSTANTLY HURT & IF HE WERE OUR STAR PLAYER INSTEAD OF MELO I WONDER IF THESE "MELO HATERS" WOULD BE KILLING HIM THE SAME WAY???(END OF RANT)

Ray Jorge
Ray Jorge

By some miracle, I hope we make the playoffs but thinking ahead watching how hard the knicks play but not smart Phil's job isn't going to be very hard. Change Coach implement new system and upgrade the talent at the point guard position so we can at least match the production of opposing point guards we play. Can't continue having teams take advantage of Prigs on defense & him being afraid to make layups! Also Felton being abuse defensively while having horrific shooting percentages! Im trying to guess who in the league has a worst pg tandem than us??? That's why a "System" is important because the Bulls pg tandem is bad but they don't get exposed as much because of Thibs "System"!

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Well.at least it isnt his left shoulder.....

tommy2b
tommy2b

Both Woody and Melo are blind, as demonstrated by these quotes:


“There was no way I was coming out, not under these circumstances,” Anthony said. “Not in this dog fight we are in.”


“Well, I knew it was bothering him, but you know, we gotta have Melo on the floor,” - Woody

Did they not notice that he was HURTING THE TEAM!? SMH!  Stat and JR were tearing it up and Melo just 'HAD' to be out there turning the ball over.  I hope he sits sunday; our only chance for a win.

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

I wonder what effect if any Melo's shoulder will have on his decision to opt out or not at the end of the season.

C0P0
C0P0

Just another reason why he shouldn't have been stressed to run the last play. 

Woodson should have drawn up something for JR. He was on fire.

Fans love winning. We don't have to see Melo take the last shot of every close game.

Jr had 32. Melo had 10. Let's do something genius for a change, run a play for someone else. 


PS For all the smart arses that will say JR took the last shot.

That salvage shot from Melo's fumble wasn't a play for JR. 

lindro88
lindro88

They came home and did what they've done all season. If you can't win at home, you are a bad team. This is a bad team.

lindro88
lindro88

I think he'll keep Shumpert. On a good team, his defense would make him a key part of the rotation.

zebeto
zebeto

@bockers THE MORE I SEE jackson , the more i want him on the knicks !
..

...and im pretty sure OKC would ask for Shump plus pieces in order to possibly get him . 

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

@Ray Jorge  Irving might be a little overrated. Not a set-up guy...more of a scoring PG. Not a good defensive player. He complains a lot. Doesn't like his coach or teammates. I've read he's very immature and the vets that have been around him say he has no idea how to win. I recently read an article that said Kyrie needs Phil Jackson to get his mind in the right direction.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Whats funny about that??  There was never any discussion of Isaiah drafting...it was his other moves that doomed him.  Proves you haven't been a fan too long...exposed.

Brostoevsky
Brostoevsky

His durability will be better if he doesn't lead the league in minutes. Woody has been managing every game like the 7th game of the Finals in a desperate attempt to save his job. Anyone would break down under these conditions. Dude plays 40 minutes nightly and usually single-handedly carries the offense. He needs help

buddhabing
buddhabing

@Sandro Guedes  That's what smart,efficient teams do. Assess the situation and run plays that will maximize your chances of winning not stick to a rigid formula regardless of what needs to be done. Knicks been doing it all year in terms of play selection and player rotations and playing time. Can't wait til this current coaching regime is out the door.

Brostoevsky
Brostoevsky

Woodson needs to be fired regardless. Ridiculous that they're giving him rest of season, but it is what it is. There is a zero percent chance Woodson is coach in 2014-15. Honestly, I think it will he hard for him to get another nba head coaching gig ever.

tommy2b
tommy2b

@Wicksell  That sucks.  I would expect him to be fired even if we squeak in.

HypoCrit_calNYKfans
HypoCrit_calNYKfans

@Brian Webster  


Please, Not down that road tonight! Because your wife said she has a headache you want to be the cause of more headaches?

StraightShot
StraightShot

@C0P0  

"Let's do something genius for a change, run a play for someone else."

It's sad that Woodson just doesn't have the cojones to do this.  On a turnover-laden night when Carmelo is suffering from a strained shoulder, Woody wants him facilitating and running P&R with under 10 secs to go? 

("What - you want me to take the ball out of my BEST player's hands?!?")

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@C0P0 A to the men brotha!  Melo should have been a decoy tonight.

1harris1
1harris1

Why would a guy making 20 million have to get involved with big time gamblers? Also, how do you "throw a game" against a team which is better than yours?

lindro88
lindro88

No one has questioned his effort. Biggles just needs to post something dopey to kick off the day. Next comes "if you don't like it don't read it" followed by a rediculous hashtag.

rgm891
rgm891

@Wicksell @rgm891 I have developed the same exact thinking in terms of his game.  He needs to improve his bball iq, but not sure if his ego will allow him especially in late game situations.  We only run the hot hand for like a couple minutes.  Obviously the defense is going to play JR harder and smarter on defense.  We couldn't even get the guy a decent look on offense.  No plays for JR.  Melo needs to become a smarter bball all around.  He played like garbage last night and still was trying to be the hero.

zebeto
zebeto

@SheSaidSpikeWho @Ray Jorge Amen !!!!.............Irving would be the ultimate piece(great PG, great scoring help) to add to Melo with the knicks , dont know if its acheivable though .

Brostoevsky
Brostoevsky

Also Channing Frye and Mardy Collins

buddhabing
buddhabing

@tommy2b @Wicksell  I wouldn't worry. Can't see Woodson coming back unless he gets them on miracle run and wins championship. Even then his chance would only be 50/50....lol

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Biggie You r a total dummy! lol

Why would Melo allow himself to be a facilitator knowing he has a bad shoulder and can't put anything on any passes and then he tries to pass across court?

I can't even put the total blame on Woody for that. It's both of them for that play. 

Brostoevsky
Brostoevsky

@armand Melo is a matchup nightmare at either position, but I like him more as a SF in a bigger lineup. Not a lot of PFs with bigger bodies play 40 mpg, so I don't think not being bulked up is the problem... I don't know what other team asks its best player to carry 100% of the offense and do it for 40 min every game. Reminds me of the Iverson 76ers. THAT is the problem.

I predicted this when I argued months ago for Woody's firing. Some made the argument that it wasn't worth changing horses mid season. My point was/is that a coach fighting to save his job is going to make decisions that are bad for the long term. They call this "moral hazard."

Running Melo ragged like every game is a Game 7 of the Finals is Exhibit A. Woody is toxic for this club, and I blame him for the injury.

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

@knicks50 Well the slim chance they had to make the playoffs basically ended tonight so makes sense to start looking toward the offseason now.  And what Melo does in the offseason is actually more important than squeaking into the postseason cause everyone else in the East sucks more just to lose in the 1st Rd to Mia or Indy anyway. Plus this shoulder injury was a problem last season and he didn't get it fixed and now it's popping up again. So if this injury and whether he perhaps has surgery could effect that I believe is important to discuss. If you don't I'm not sure why you waste your time taking potshots rather than just ignore the question.

HypoCrit_calNYKfans
HypoCrit_calNYKfans

@Brian Webster

"THE DECISION!" That's what I'm talking about! Other than you who cares about Carmelo's "decisions" tonight man? Give that a rest!