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.
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.”