Reports: Carmelo Anthony has partial tear in left shoulder

Indiana Pacers forward Paul George, right, gets tangled Indiana Pacers forward Paul George, right, gets tangled up with Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony during the first half of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. (May 11, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

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Carmelo Anthony played in the postseason with a partially torn left shoulder, according to multiple reports last night.

Anthony had an MRI on the shoulder Wednesday that revealed the tear. The reports said the Knicks are hoping Anthony won't need surgery. They want to see if the shoulder heals with rest and treatment, and surgery can be avoided. Anthony will be re-evaluated in three to four weeks.

The Knicks wouldn't comment on the reports and did not release an injury update.

Anthony injured his shoulder April 14 against Indiana. It was exacerbated in the first round of the playoffs when the Celtics' Kevin Garnett yanked on Anthony's left arm.

He played in all 12 of the Knicks' postseason games and averaged 28.8 points per game.

Anthony wouldn't blame his poor shooting in the playoffs on the shoulder. The Knicks played two defensive-minded, physical teams in Boston and Indiana. Anthony's shooting percentage, which was 44.9 percent in the regular season, dipped in the Eastern Conference semifinals, where the Knicks lost in six games to the Pacers.

He shot 38.1 percent in the series, and 26.5 percent from three. Anthony totaled two field goals in the fourth quarters of Games 3, 4 and 6 in Indiana.

"It was bothering me since it happened," Anthony said. "To be able to play with that and get through the pain, it just came a point where you just try not to think about it. That's where I was at mentally."

It's unclear how long Anthony would be out if he needed surgery. One report said it could be three to five months. Training camp starts in a little more than four months.

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