New York Knicks Make the Right Decision By Sitting Carmelo Anthony

By A.J. Speier
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When the New York Knicks made the decision to sit Carmelo Anthony against the Miami Heat, most people were questioning the move, but now it’s a different story.

After defeating the Heat by 20 on Thursday, the Knicks will be traveling to the “Windy City” to take on the Chicago Bulls at 8:00pm on Saturday night and once again, Anthony will be held out. Anthony is still dealing with pain and discomfort in his lacerated finger.

Anthony’s injury came in the fourth quarter of the Knicks’ win over the Charlotte Bobcats. He was diving behind the Knicks bench for a loose ball and ended up getting injured on the play.

This will be the second game Anthony has missed since receiving five stitches on his finger to sew up the cut. He hopes to have the stitches removed on Thursday.

“For me, to sit out that Miami game and this game as well, I really trust my teammates and feel as though that they will take care of business,” Anthony said. “I was like a kid in a candy store just seeing how they responded to that [Miami game].”

The Knicks’ next game is against Anthony’s former team, the Denver Nuggets on Sunday. Anthony hopes he’ll be ready to play.

“I think right now it’s just a comfort level of being able to just go out there and dribble and get through the first time getting hit,” Anthony said. “The first time I get a hard pass, just getting passed that, we’ll see what happens from there.”

Anthony is currently the NBA’s third leading scorer with an average of 26.4 points per night, so the Knicks clearly want to have him back in the lineup. The main concern for the Knicks though is to make sure Anthony is healthy for the playoffs.

During the last two seasons, the Knicks suffered two early first round exits. The Boston Celtics swept them in four games, two years ago and the Heat won a 4-1 series last year.

Missing Thursday’s game against the Heat was tough for Anthony, but he sees the big picture.

“I went out there. I tried it, but there was no way I could do it,” Anthony said. “I still was trying to force myself to go do it. But you’ve got to be smart, we haven’t even played 20 games yet … and I didn’t want to have another setback.”

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