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Carmelo Anthony could miss second straight game

Carmelo Anthony goes to the hoop during a

Carmelo Anthony goes to the hoop during a game against the Washington Wizards. (Nov. 30, 2012) (Credit: Jim McIsaac)

Carmelo Anthony was in the locker room while the Knicks shot around at the United Center.

The Knicks are calling Anthony a game-time decision against the Bulls with the left-middle finger laceration that kept him out of Thursday’s 20-point win in Miami.

Speculation is he won’t play, but Mike Woodson said Anthony would try to shoot before the game to test the finger.

“We'll just wait and kind of monitor him and see where he is when he comes out and warms up and then he'll let us know what he's going to do,” Woodson said.

“It's still early. I don't feel like there's a need to rush any of the guys that are hurt so if he doesn't play and we play like we did the other night, life is good.”

With the Knicks taking the first two games of this trip and since they play again tomorrow at home against the Nuggets, it might make more sense for Anthony to take one more night off at least. It’s doubtful he will want to miss tomorrow’s game against his former team.

“It's not a thing of saving it,” Woodson said. “He's got (five) stitches in his finger. Melo ain't been one to sit down so if it's bothering him, it's bothering him. If he tells me he can go tonight, he'll be back in the starting lineup ready to go.”

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