Carmelo Anthony missed his second straight game Thursday night because of a knee injury, and Mike Woodson called him day-to-day. That could be an ominous sign.
Amar'e Stoudemire and Rasheed Wallace were day-to-day earlier this season. Both missed extended time and eventually required surgery.
"Let's not hope that," Woodson said before Thursday night's game against the Thunder. "I think he's going to be fine. Only the doctors know best. Right now he's day-to-day. I'm not overly concerned. Again, I think he's day-to-day. Basically, he'll be back on the floor playing."
The Knicks don't play again until Saturday against Utah before heading out on a road trip that starts at Golden State on Monday and continues with Anthony's return to Denver on Wednesday. It would be surprising if he didn't play against his former team unless he is seriously injured.
Woodson said Anthony didn't go through the team's walk-through Thursday. Woodson said he was told earlier in the day he wouldn't be available.
Anthony has what Woodson described as "fluid buildup" that's causing the stiffness in his knee. It had been bothering Anthony for a couple of weeks, and he revealed after aggravating it in Monday's game in Cleveland that he had an MRI. The Knicks' official word on Anthony is sore/stiff right knee.
Woodson said Anthony hasn't had any additional exams since he left the Cavs game. He's gotten treatment the last couple of days and will continue to. He averaged 40.4 minutes per game in the 10 games before Cleveland.
"We knew his knee was sore," Woodson said. "He was treated along the way and was still playing . . . I've got to back his minutes back to where they were earlier in the year and then start rotating guys in and out and hope like hell we get some good play from guys coming in and out.
"In one stretch we were playing him 39, 40 minutes a game. That's just too many minutes. We've got to get him back to 34, 35 minutes."