Carmelo Anthony will not play Saturday night against the Memphis Grizzlies, marking his second straight DNP since spraining his right ankle in Tuesday's win over Boston. Per Newsday:
Anthony went through shoot-around, but he said he's still not getting any "power" or "lift off" when he tries to jump on his sprained right ankle. He hopes to return Monday against the Sixers.
"We came to that decision," Anthony said following the morning shoot around. "I think -- we think -- it's best for me to try to get a couple more days and take it one day at a time rather than coming back and have a chance of it being agitated again, not being full healthy."
Is it too late to persuade the league to switch tonight's Memphis contest with Monday's Philly contest? I'm pretty sure the boys in orange and blue would have no trouble beating the Sixers without Melo. As it stands, the Knicks are 0-3 this season without their leading scorer, though all three games came down to the final minutes.
In better news, Kristaps Porzingis is ready to go after skipping Friday's practice with a sore shoulder. "I felt great, honestly," Porzingis told Al Iannazzone. "It feels like normal compared to yesterday when I felt a little pain. I'm totally fine and I'm good to play."
Jerian Grant should also be available after missing practice to witness the birth of his first child. This means Harvey Grant is now a grandfather. Oh Lord, I remember watching him play ... which means I'm old as hell! Life isn't fair. Go Knicks!