MILWAUKEE - Carmelo Anthony revealed he has been playing with a sore left knee since the second game of the season and he has undergone some tests on it.
Anthony wouldn't say what's wrong with it or what those tests revealed, but he aggravated it in Tuesday night's 117-113 loss to the Bucks. He went to the locker room in the first half to have it re-taped, but returned and finished the game.
"It's been sore since maybe the Cleveland game," Anthony said after leading the Knicks with 26 points. "I've just been trying to go through it and play through it and not kind of think about it. Some days are better than others.
"I don't think it's serious. I'm out there playing. I don't think it's that serious."
Anthony banged his knee on the floor diving for a loose ball. After the game, he laid on a trainer's table to have ice applied to it. "I've had some tests," Anthony said. "I really don't know exactly what's going on with it. For me, it's a matter of just not thinking about it and playing through it. I was doing just fine up until today, banging my knee."
Surgery for Early
Rookie Cleanthony Early will be out at least a month after arthroscopic surgery Tuesday to remove a loose body in his right knee. The Knicks said Early will be re-evaluated in about a month.
Early, the 34th pick, is averaging 2.7 points in 7 minutes, 46 seconds in seven games.
"We feel bad for Cle just because he's a young guy that's been doing everything we ask him to do," Fisher said. "I hate to see him go through this setback. But he'll bounce back fine. We'll miss him. But we'll be good."
Another starting lineup
Iman Shumpert returned after missing the prior game because of a hip injury. Fisher contemplated starting undrafted rookie Travis Wear if Shumpert couldn't play. He settled on a small unit of Shane Larkin, Shumpert, J.R. Smith, Anthony and Samuel Dalembert.
It was the Knicks' seventh different starting lineup in 12 games and third time Anthony opened up at power forward. Before the season, Anthony said he didn't expect to start at power forward because of how much size the Knicks have on the roster.
But Fisher has been switching his lineup based on matchups instead of going with a set five. Perhaps when Andrea Bargnani and Jose Calderon return,that will change, but Fisher said he has to remain "adaptable and flexible."
The Knicks faced the No. 2 pick in this past draft Jabari Parker and will see top choice Andrew Wiggins Wednesday night in Minnesota. Wiggins is averaging 10.6 points for the Timberwolves, who have lost five straight and allowed 270 points the last two games . . . This was the Knicks' lone trip to Milwaukee this season. They play them on the road again in January, but in London.