Carmelo Anthony's Injury Won't Slow Down New York Knicks

By A.J. Speier
Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Following the New York Knicks 116-107 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, the Knicks will once again have to play without their star player Carmelo Anthony.

Anthony suffered a “really sore” left ankle, knee and hip when he landed awkwardly halfway through the third quarter on Thursday night after attempting a strong drive to the hoop against Dwight Howard.

The Knicks have already played two games without Anthony this season due to a lacerated finger he suffered in their 100-98 win over the Charlotte Bobcats. His ailment came from diving behind the Knicks bench to try to save a loose ball.

His team responded with a surprising 112-92 victory against the defending champion Miami Heat, but they lost the next game 93-85 to the Chicago Bulls.

In the game against the Heat, the Knicks made 18 3-pointers, so it’s likely they will have to apply a similar strategy against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night.

The 2008-09 Knicks set the NBA record for most 3-point attempts in a season with 2,284, but currently the team is on pace to set a new record. Just 22 games into the season, the Knicks have attempted 641 3-pointers.

While the amount of 3-pointers taken by the Knicks might seem like a recipe to lose, the Knicks also have made a league-best 264 3-pointers and have the third-best 3-point shooting percentage at .412.

“I’ve used a lot of [D’Antoni’s] offense, but I’ve also taken his offense and tried to expand it and do some things that I like to run, like double pick-and-rolls and triples and misdirection plays and things of that nature,” head coach Mike Woodson said. “Those are things I’ve examined from his offense and I’ve tried to expand a little bit. I like everything about [D’Antoni’s] offense. I really do.”

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