MON Practice Report: Melo Ready For Texas Trip?

Jonah Ballow


As the Knicks gear up for a daunting road trip to Texas this week, their leading scorer is hopeful to return and help battle some of the elite Western Conference squads.

On Monday afternoon, Carmelo Anthony participated in a portion of the practice session at MSG Training Center.  Anthony tested the sore ankle by running yesterday and today while adding some shooting drills to the workout before treatment.

“Getting there – feeling a lot better,” Anthony cautiously stated.  “Each day it’s getting better and better, still some things lingering but each day is getting better.”

Anthony suffered the ankle sprain early in the third quarter in Orlando on December 23.  New York forged ahead in the contest and defeated the Magic but the Knicks could not muster enough offense without Anthony in losses against Oklahoma City and twice to the Raptors.

The league’s second leading scorer expected to fight through the initial pain and hit the floor in the Christmas Day tilt.  However, the morning after the win in Orlando, Anthony realized the significance of the sprain.

“It was worse than I thought,” Antony explained. “The night I actually sprained it, I was trying to get back in the game, went in the back taped it up again, soon as I walked out of the locker room I couldn’t do it.  The next day, it just swelled up on me big time.  It kept swelling.  We had to get control of that first and go from there.”

New York would love to inject Anthony’s firepower back into the offense to match the potent attack of the Spurs, Rockets, and Mavericks.  All three teams rank in the top seven in offensive efficiency.  

“Hopefully,” Anthony remarked on the possibility of appearing on the floor in San Antonio.  “I got tomorrow, I got Wednesday, so we’ll figure that out when Thursday comes.”

Anthony is still considered day-to-day with practice scheduled for Tuesday morning.  With the team searching for healthy bodies, head coach Mike Woodson is not sure if point guard Raymond Felton will be ready for Thursday’s contest as he continues to rehab from a groin injury.

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