The main story out of Friday’s practice for the Knicks was the status of Carmelo Anthony. Last night in Memphis, the small forward suffered a left wrist sprain and a right ankle sprain that forced him to the locker room for the remainder of the second half. Anthony watched his squad practice in Oklahoma City while he received treatment on both the ankle and wrist. The team officially lists him as doubtful for the matchup on Saturday night against the Thunder.
“Both of them are pretty sore,” Anthony explained. “I’m out of the boot now, so I’m progressing on that part.”
Anthony felt his setback presents an opportunity for his teammates to increase their productivity with a difficult task on the horizon, facing one of the top teams in the Western Conference.
“I’m out – hopefully they see that and I believe they see that I’m out and they know that other people have to step up,” Anthony stated.
Bill Walker will start if Anthony is unable to suit up for the contest after scoring 14 points on Thursday. Amar’e Stoudemire has complete confidence in Walker’s ability to step into Anthony’s spot, “He’s going to have a great game. I guarantee he is going to play well and he is going to do a phenomenal job for us.”
More notes out of practice as the team received some good news in the wake of the Anthony injury. Jared Jeffries worked out with the Knicks and was upgraded to questionable for Saturday’s game. The big man has been sidelined with a calf injury.