Anthony probable against Magic

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The New York Knicks say Carmelo Anthony is probable for Wednesday night's game against the Orlando Magic.

Anthony has missed six of the Knicks' last eight games -- and large portions of two of the last three he's suited up for -- with a right knee injury.

The Knicks are 3-5 over the past eight games.

Anthony, the NBA's second-leading scorer (27.5 points per game), had fluid drained from his right knee last Thursday.

He told reporters in Utah on Monday that he is pain free and that the fluid in his knee was a result of a hamstring injury.

It is possible that Anthony is dealing with a hamstring injury and a buildup of knee fluid simultaneously, but it is unlikely that the fluid buildup in his knee is the result of a hamstring injury.

Nonetheless, Anthony told reporters in Utah that he does not expect to have offseason surgery and that his knee felt much better the day after getting the fluid removed.

“I feel good, my knee feels good, my body feels good,” he said.

The Knicks will be without Tyson Chandler (neck) and Kurt Thomas (foot) against Orlando. They enter play Wednesday in first place in the Atlantic Division, a game ahead of Brooklyn. They are in third place in the Eastern Conference, 1 1/2 games behind Indiana.

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