Carmelo Anthony hasn't ruled out skipping a game this week.

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 31: Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks drives against Austin Daye #5 of the Detroit Pistons at Madison Square Garden on January 31, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

According to all reports, Carmelo Anthony felt totally fine after playing 33 minutes on his sprained ankle last night, which is great. The real test, they say, will come this morning, when Melo wakes up and asks his ankle if it is throbbing with pain. (Now I'm really curious whether or not he's awake yet. It's 7:44 as I write this sentence. What time do you think someone like Melo gets up on non-game days?). Whether or not his ankle replies in the affirmative, Melo may not be totally healthy just yet. When asked if he'd be good to go for all three of the Knicks' back-to-back-to-back games this week/end, he said:

He was asked if there was "any question" that he could play in all three games.

"I just came back. I don't know," he said. "It's something that we have to talk about but we'll see. We'll see what happens."

it'd obviously be ideal to keep Melo around for all three games, but if he does have to miss one, the topmost slice of the sandwich against the Nets probably makes the most sense. And if he does feel it's necessary to take a night off, I'd buy that. He looked soooo much sharper and more effective last night after giving that ankle a few days to heal.

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