Finger laceration forces Carmelo Anthony to miss game against Heat

Carmelo Anthony reacts after making a basket during

Carmelo Anthony reacts after making a basket during a game against the Charlotte Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena. (Dec. 5, 2012) (Credit: Getty)

MIAMI -- The Heat never believed that Carmelo Anthony would miss Thursday night's game. But Miami was wrong.

Anthony suffered a lacerated left middle finger after diving out of bounds to save a loose ball Wednesday night, and the cut required five stitches.

But the Heat prepared for Anthony. Dwyane Wade even made light of the injury, suggesting it wasn't that serious, before the Knicks beat Miami, 112-92.

"I didn't know he . . . ," Wade said at the Heat's walk-through, pausing and smiling, "cut his finger . . . until this morning."

Anthony went through the Knicks' walk-through and shot around about 90 minutes before the game to test the injured finger. He grimaced as he took some shots. Then he went into the locker room, took a shower and met with coach Mike Woodson and team doctors.

"He went out and he tried to shoot around, but he came in and told us it wasn't right," Woodson said. "This is a long season. It's a marathon. One game isn't going to determine our season. I just told him, 'We'll wait on you.' "

Anthony's status for Saturday night's game in Chicago is unknown. But the Knicks now know they can win without him.

Lineup shuffle

After coming off the bench Wednesday in Charlotte, Jason Kidd was back in the starting lineup against the Heat. Woodson said Kidd's minutes would be monitored again. The Bobcats game was Kidd's first after he sat out the previous four with lower-back spasms.

Kidd played 32 minutes and finished with 11 points, four assists and two steals.

The other starters were Raymond Felton, Ronnie Brewer, Kurt Thomas and Tyson Chandler.

Thanks, Lakers

Miami entered the game with the East's second-best record and off a loss to lowly Washington, but because of the Lakers' troubles, the Heat hasn't been a big story. "There's other noise going on right now," Wade said. "It's a little bit out in the West Coast. Maybe that helps a little bit. We appreciate that."

That might change after the Heat's performance Thursday night.

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