Carmelo Anthony took an elbow to his right biceps in the first quarter last night, an injury that knocked him off his game and maybe out of Sunday's All-Star Game.
In what Knicks coach Mike Woodson called "probably the worst game Melo has had" all season, the Knicks' leading scorer scored only 12 points, shooting 5-for-24, as the Knicks closed their first half with a disappointing 92-88 loss to the Toronto Raptors.
Anthony said his poor shooting game was the result of his bothersome right arm, saying he didn't have much feeling in it all game. He said he suffered the injury while trying to step in front of a driving DeMar DeRozan in the first quarter and took an elbow to his biceps.
"It was kind of like a dead arm out there," Anthony said. "I was just trying to get through, get some feeling back into it. It is what it is at this point."
Anthony said he tried to treat the injury by keeping it warm and stretching it at halftime but "the stretch kind of made it a little bit worse."
But despite the discomfort, he never did stop shooting, and that decision ultimately hurt the Knicks as they couldn't hold off the Raptors in the second half.
Anthony also went 1-for-6 on three-pointers.
"You're not really thinking about it," said Anthony, regarding his decision to keep shooting despite his numb shooting arm. "You have to be a shooter to realize and recognize that.
"But shots that normally go just don't go in. You think the next one is going to go in, and then you think the next one after that is going to go in. It's just one of those nights."
Standing in front of his locker, Anthony said if he continued to feel discomfort in the arm in the coming days, he would not risk further injury by playing in the All-Star Game.
"I'm not going to force it," Anthony said. "I'm definitely not going to force. As bad as I want to play and participate, if I can't go, I can't go. Nothing I can do about that."
The elbow-to-the-biceps was only the start of what proved to be a physical game featuring six technical fouls, including one on Anthony midway through the second quarter for arguing with an official.
"It was a lot of no calls tonight, I must say," Anthony said. "I didn't expect myself to get a tech. I don't even know what I said out there. It was a frustrating game all the way around."
The Knicks enter the All-Star break having lost three of their last four games, putting a damper on what had otherwise been an upbeat first half.
"It's very disappointing," Anthony said. "This time right now is definitely a time we need to refocus and regroup and come back after the break with a new mind-set and a new focus, leave this half of the season behind us and get ready to make a run."