The constant shuffling of the Knicks lineup due to a myriad of injuries to key players will continue tonight in a game against the Warriors.
However, this adjustment to the starting unit is a gigantic positive step for a team starting a five-game road trip.
Carmelo Anthony will suit up for the first time in three games after falling to the floor in Cleveland last Monday. The All-Star forward did not return to the game against the Cavaliers as he dealt with knee soreness.
At New York’s shootaround in San Francisco on Monday morning, Anthony addressed the media members in attendance to update his status.
First, Anthony stated, “I think I’m going to give it a go tonight,” and then he added, “I think with the rest, sitting out a couple of days, getting rest and as much treatment as I could possibly get in these couple days I had rest, I think I definitely benefited from that.”
Anthony described the specific problem with his knee that goes all the way back to the Christmas game in Los Angeles. “There is no pain; there is no ligament damage, just some fluid in the back of the knee that is preventing me from hyperextending my leg sometimes.”
The Knicks compiled a 2-1 record without Anthony in the lineup, including a 22-point comeback victory in Cleveland and most recently a complete destruction of the Jazz on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden. There is no doubt the team will need the second leading scorer in the NBA as it embarks on a long road trip against four of five playoff caliber squads in hostile arenas.