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Carmelo Anthony will be suspended for Thursday's game.

He'll sit out the Pacers game after his run-in with Kevin Garnett.

Bruce Bennett

Well, I didn't see this one coming. I figured Carmelo Anthony might get a fine from the league for his post-game confrontation with Kevin Garnett (and Melo himself didn't expect a suspension), but it turns out he's gonna get a game off for it, too. Adrian Wojnarowski:

The NBA has suspended New York's Carmelo Anthony one game for confrontation with Kevin Garnett.

"There are no circumstance in which it is acceptable for a player to confront an opponent after a game," NBA's Stu Jackson said in statement

Buns. It'll cost him, too. Whether or not Melo deserves it doesn't particularly interest me at this point (Update: Several people make the good point that the video evidence of everything was probably Melo's undoing. Those weren't just conversations). Now I'm just wondering how the Knicks are going to beat the Pacers-- the league's best defensive team and winners of 11 of their last 14, including a dominant win over the Heat on Tuesday-- without Melo in the rotation.

To begin with, I wonder who starts. Chris Copeland was the last guy to take Melo's spot, but he's sorta fallen out of the rotation. James White? Probably not Amar'e Stoudemire, right?

We'll see. Thursday might be a rough night. Then we move on.

Update: Marc Berman mentions that Melo made the trip to Indianapolis. The league took kind of a while-- almost 48 hours after the fact-- to make this decision.