WASHINGTON - Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony sat out Friday night's game in Toronto with right patella tendinitis and will hobble into Sunday's game against the Knicks. Anthony has missed two straight games.
Sunday's matinee is the Nuggets' only appearance at the Garden this season, but what remains to be seen is if it will be Anthony's final opportunity to play in the city of his birth as a Nugget. The club has a major decision to make before the Feb. 24 trade deadline, and all indications are that Anthony will be traded if he decides not to sign a three-year, $65-million extension. The offer has been on the table since the spring, and Anthony has suggested that he is leaning toward opting out of his contract to become a free agent this summer.
The Knicks will have the flexibility to open enough salary-cap space to sign Anthony, though that might not come to fruition if the Nuggets trade him and he agrees to an extension elsewhere.
Randolph sits, waits
Mike D'Antoni's rotation has gotten shorter, and Anthony Randolph remains buried on the bench. The 21-year-old forward hasn't played in 13 straight games. Coincidentally, the game in which he was removed from the rotation (Nov. 17 at Sacramento) is the one in which the Knicks began their run of 12 wins in 13 games. "It's hard to accept . . . You probably should never accept it,'' D'Antoni said of not playing.
Said Randolph: "It's my job to do whatever I can do to get better and when I'm called upon, go in there and play as hard as I can.''
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