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Carmelo Anthony's bothersome knee OK -- for now

Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks reacts

Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks reacts after hitting a shot in the second half against the Utah Jazz at Madison Square Garden on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 in New York City. Credit: Jim McIsaac

MINNEAPOLIS - Carmelo Anthony's bothersome left knee didn't keep him out of Wednesday night's game, but Derek Fisher said the Knicks would monitor how he's feeling and called him "good to go, for now."

Anthony revealed after Tuesday's loss to the Bucks that his knee has been sore since the second game of the season on Oct. 30 and he's undergone tests on it.

Neither Anthony nor the Knicks have said what the issue is or what tests he's undergone, so the severity of it is unclear. But Anthony said he would try to continue to play through it.

"He hasn't expressed any major concerns," Fisher said. "I think he's good to go, relatively speaking."

"I think he's a smart enough and a veteran enough player that if he had some concern about where he is I think he would come either to me or to our training staff about trying to be smart. He hasn't done that as of yet. I'm sure we'll continue to keep an eye on it. But he's good to go for now."

Fisher's foul-up

After the Knicks cut a 26-point deficit to three with 30.9 seconds left Tuesday, Fisher said he instructed them to foul, thinking they had one to give. They didn't. Tim Hardaway Jr. committed the foul with 26.3 seconds left and Jerryd Bayless made one of his two free throws.

Fisher acknowledged the mistake, but he said he would do it again to stop the clock. He said his "philosophy" is to "extend the game, give us a chance down the stretch."

"Down three with 30 seconds or so to go," he said, "if they run that clock out and happen to score, now you're down five with seven seconds to go, doesn't stretch the game out as long as you'd like it."

Coming soon

Both Jose Calderon (calf) and Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) could make their season debuts Saturday against Philadelphia. They're expected to scrimmage either Thursday or Friday. If there are no setbacks, they could play Saturday. Calderon said all he would need is one practice.

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