Mar. 26, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) shoots a free throw during the second half against the Milwaukee Bucks at Madison Square Garden. Knicks won 89-80. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE
Pretty consistently throughout this season, the Knicks have had at least one fairly significant injury on the roster. Baron Davis's back, Iman Shumpert's knee, Jared Jeffries's calf, Josh Harrellson's wrist, Tyson Chandler's wrist, various Carmelo Anthony parts, and all sorts of other little things have plagued the Knicks at one point or another.
Now, the Knicks are beset on all sides simultaneously by the injury scourge. It's a perfect storm. Jeremy Lin's knee is acting up, but he's day-to-day and, unless things get worse, remains the least of New York's worries (threat level: puce). Jared Jeffries's grumpy right knee is a bigger problem, and is expected to keep him out for a couple weeks (threat level: coral). Amar'e Stoudemire's back has a bulging disc, and we're still not sure if that's going to hold him out for a few games or a few rest of the seasons (threat level: crimson). Those are the big ones, and that's not even including Bill Walker's elbow (miss u, Bill), Josh Harrellson's upper lip, or a couple other guys playing through nagging injuries.
So, it's been happening all season, and now it's all happening at once. The Knicks were severely short-handed last night, and things only got worse in the third quarter when Carmelo Anthony landed funny and upset his right groin again. Via Jared Zwerling:
"I don't think it's too bad, I just want to take it day by day," Anthony said. "Tomorrow, (I'll) get re-evaluated and see what happens from there."
"It aches a little bit right now. If I had to play tomorrow, I probably would," Anthony said after scoring 28 points on 8-for-20 shooting against Milwaukee. "But we'll see how it feels tomorrow."
Zwerling also mentions that this particular groin injury didn't hurt Melo as much as the last one did, so that's good (though somewhat belied by the amount of grimacing he was doing last night). We'll see what comes of this and deem it threat level: salmon for now. It'll be a thing, but hopefully not a big enough thing to keep Melo out of more games, as much as that'd fit right in with current trends.
In related news, the Knicks aren't practicing today. Instead, they will all be submerged in pools of healing wax.
Update: Melo and Lin are both listed as questionable for tomorrow. We'll just wait and see what that means this time around.