The Knicks are officially saying this:
C. Anthony (sore r. shoulder) will not participate in shootaround today. He is getting further evaluated & is questionable for tonight.— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) April 15, 2014
Mike Woodson is saying this:
Woodson says Melo probably won't play tonight and Amar'e is a game time decision.— charlie widdoes (@charliewiddoes) April 15, 2014
Woodson says his preference is for Carmelo Anthony to sit out the final two games. #Knicks— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) April 15, 2014
The exact Woodson quote on if Melo wants to play: "I’m (going to) tell him, you’re not gonna play. That’s what I’m gonna do."— Steve Popper (@StevePopper) April 15, 2014
Yeah, flex those coach muscles, Woodson. YOU'RE THE BOSS!
That's all fine. The only point to competing in these next two games against the Nets and Raptors is to fuck with their playoff seeding, which is a fun challenge, but not something worth risking injury to established players. I hope the Knicks use these last 96 minutes to give Cole Aldrich more time to perform, and I hope they let Toure' Murry and Jeremy Tyler join in on the fun as well. Shit, unless Lamar Odom is signed before tip-off, I'd ship a BayHawk up to New York real quick and suit him up for a few minutes.
Here's who's out for the Nets, in case you care:
Alan Anderson (abdominal muscle), Shaun Livingston (toe) and Mirza Teletovic (personal) will not play tonight against the Knicks.— Andrew Keh (@andrewkeh) April 15, 2014
Meanwhile, Deron Williams (knee), Paul Pierce (shoulder) and Joe Johnson (calf) are all listed as gametime decisions to play.— Andrew Keh (@andrewkeh) April 15, 2014
THE BATTLE OF NEW YORK SHALL BE EPIC.