Carmelo Anthony to miss 1-2 weeks with strained groin
Web linksKnicks stat zone
GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Carmelo Anthony will miss one to two weeks with a strained right groin suffered in Monday's 99-88 win over the Jazz.
The Knicks' leading scorer played only the first 5:47 before injuring himself dribbling up court. Limping, he was able to complete a gorgeous alley-oop pass to Tyson Chandler before he left the floor for good.
"One to two weeks," Mike D'Antoni said after the Knicks (10-15) held a light practice before heading to Washington for tonight's game against the 5-20 Wizards. "That's as good as we can predict right now."
The Knicks also will be without second-leading scorer Amar'e Stoudemire indefinitely. Stoudemire left the team before Monday's game after the death of his 35-year-old brother, Hazell, in a car accident.
D'Antoni said there was no timetable for Stoudemire's return; Stoudemire did post a supportive message to the Knicks on his Twitter account after Monday's game and then yesterday posted: "Thx for all of your thoughts & prayers for me and my family. I hope to make something good come from the tragic loss of my brother, Hazell."
Jared Jeffries and Bill Walker will start in the frontcourt along with Chandler. Garden sensation Jeremy Lin will get his second start Wednesday. With three games in four nights, including the Lakers at the Garden on Friday, the Knicks will be tested.
"These guys will be ready to go," D'Antoni said. "I don't care who we're playing or what time. They're a great group. They like each other. They'll bond together. Tyson and Jared and those guys, the vets, will be leading them. Will it be good enough all the time? Maybe not. I don't know that. But I know they'll give us everything they got with an attitude that's a winning attitude."
Said Chandler: "We've just got to give a total team effort like we did [Monday] night. It's an opportunity for guys to step up."
No one has stepped up more than Lin, the undrafted point guard out of Harvard who scored 28 points in his first NBA start on Monday after scoring 25 off the bench on Saturday. Tonight, Lin will go up against former No. 1 overall pick John Wall, whom he once outplayed in the 2010 summer league (video evidence is available on YouTube).
"He's probably the fastest guard in the league," Lin said. "So I'm going to have more than my hands full. Try to watch the film and see what I can do to pick up some tendencies or something.
"Obviously with Amar'e and Melo out, we're going to have to play together and we're going to have rough stretches. But we're going to have to play gutsy and ugly at times to get the win."
At least Anthony, who was not available for comment Tuesday, will get a chance to rest the ankle, wrist and thumb injuries that have slowed him down this season.
"If you want to check a silver lining, there you go," D'Antoni said. "That won't make me sleep better at night."