New York Knicks star forward Carmelo Anthony has missed the last three games nursing a minor knee injury that he suffered on March 4 against the Cleveland Cavaliers. However, Anthony announced on Monday afternoon that he would return for the Knicks’ game against the Golden State Warriors tonight.
The Knicks survived without Anthony in the lineup, managing to go 2-1 while he was sidelined. However, their two wins came against the lowly Detroit Pistons and the free-falling Utah Jazz, two teams that aren’t the stiffest of competition right now.
In Melo’s absence, the Knicks have largely survived off of big games from players like J.R. Smith and Raymond Felton. Though that’s a promising sign for the Knicks, it’s a good thing that Anthony is coming back as neither of those players really has exhibited any kind of consistency in their young careers.
Anthony has easily been the Knicks most consistent player, as you would expect considering that he is their franchise player. Of the 50 games that he’s played, Anthony has only been held below 20 points five times and one of those times was the Cleveland game where he injured his knee. He’s been a dominant offensive force this season.
With his return, they’ll need him to regain his form quickly now that the Knicks are without Amar’e Stoudemire. When Stoudemire returned from energy, he gave New York another consistent offensive threat that the Knicks could rely on other than Anthony. But now, the burden will fall mostly all on Melo, so it’s a good thing he’s returning to the floor on Monday.