Carmelo Anthony has knee drained and is questionable for game Sunday
PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Knicks seem to have escaped a major scare with Carmelo Anthony's troublesome right knee, and they are hopeful the same will be said for Tyson Chandler's left one.
Neither player was available Thursday night, as expected, when the Knicks lost to the Trail Blazers, 105-90.
Anthony had the fluid drained from the back of his right knee Thursday in New York and will rejoin the Knicks in Los Angeles Friday. But it's unclear when he will be able to return to the lineup.
Mike Woodson said Anthony will be re-evaluated in Los Angeles and get treatment and that they'll proceed from there. The Knicks are listing him as questionable for Sunday's game against the Clippers, but it will be surprising if he can play.
Earlier in the day on his radio show, Woodson said he was "worried" about his star, but the coach was relieved after he spoke to Anthony following the procedure.
"I feel good," Woodson said, "when he tells me it was just drained. He didn't say when he will be ready. I'm just assuming he's going to be ready soon. It wasn't nothing majorly wrong with it. We've got to nurse him back, get him feeling good about himself, get him back out on the floor and get it going again.
"He felt pretty good about it, so I feel good."
Chandler suffered a bruised left knee in Wednesday's 117-94 loss in Denver after Corey Brewer backed into the side of his leg. He was limping noticeably when he left the Pepsi Center.
Chandler didn't speak to the media before Thursday night's game because he was getting treatment. It was the first game the center has missed this season.
When Chandler fell, it appeared serious, especially the way he clutched his knee and pounded the floor. Chandler needed assistance from Chris Copeland and Kurt Thomas to get to the locker room.
After the game, Chandler said he hadn't undergone an X-ray or MRI and that he didn't want to. Woodson called Chandler day-to-day. "He banged his knee pretty hard," he said. "Hopefully, he'll be ready to practice on Saturday and go from there."
This has been a rough stretch physically for the Knicks, who lost Amar'e Stoudemire for the rest of the regular season after he had a right-knee debridement Monday.
The Knicks' Atlantic Division lead over the Nets is down to one game after the loss to Portland, and it could dwindle further depending on how long Anthony and Chandler are out. But what could help the Knicks is that the Nets start an eight-game trip next week, with six of those games against Western Conference teams.
Anthony flew home Thursday morning after he walked off the court in the third quarter Wednesday night. It was the second time in 10 days that Anthony just walked to the locker room and never returned. He did it in Cleveland March 4 and missed the next three games.
Anthony initially said having the fluid drained from the knee was the last option, but he shot only 7-for-27 and had a total of 23 points in the past two games, both blowout losses. After his Denver homecoming, Anthony said he "couldn't move" and that he "didn't have no pop, no power." So he finally chose to have the knee drained.
"I was always concerned," he said. "I was just kind of being naïve to myself."
Draining the knee was the prudent approach because the Knicks need Anthony to be as healthy as possible for the playoffs. Woodson was asked if he should have had it done sooner.
"I can't tell players," Woodson said. "If he thought he could play without getting it drained, then that was the route he chose to take. He got it drained and so we've got to go from there. He's going to be fine. Once we get him back rehabbing and get him back out on the floor, I think he's going to be OK."