The Knicks will be without their top two scorers tonight when they play the Suns.
Carmelo Anthony won’t play due to a hyper-extended left knee and Raymond Felton is out with sprained ligaments in his right fifth finger, or pinkie. Both injuries occurred in yesterday’s 100-94 loss to at the Lakers.
Anthony hurt his knee when Marcus Camby fell into him late in the first half. But Anthony finished the game and score 34 points. Felton hurt his hand on a play involving Steve Nash. Felton also finished the game, but he was ineffective. He shot 5-for-19 from the field.
"They slept on it and got up this morning and couldn'?t do it,??" Woodson said. "?I just have to respect that and keep it moving and get the other guys ready to play.
"Both of them made the decision. I mean, they couldn?'t go.??"
The Knicks are listing both players as day-to-day. The Knicks close out the trip Friday in Sacramento.
Woodson started Jason Kidd, Ronnie Brewer, James White, Kurt Thomas and Tyson Chandler against the Suns. Those five average 29.7 points combined. Anthony is second in the NBA, scoring 28.5 points per game. Felton averages 15.8.
The Knicks are 2-2 without Anthony this season. This is the first game Felton, who has been playing with bone bruises in both hands, has missed this season.