Carmelo named East Player of Month

Carmelo Anthony is the Eastern Conference Player of the Month for April, the NBA announced on Friday.

Anthony nearly averaged a double-double (36.9 points, 9.9 rebounds per game) in APril, as the Knicks went 8-2. His hot streak led him to his first scoring title in his 10-year career, outdoing Kevin Durant 28.7 points per game to 28.1. Anthony scored 50 points on April 2 to help the Knicks beat the Heat on the road.

Another Knick was also honored on Friday, as Chris Copeland was named the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month. In April Copeland ranked fourth among all rookies in scoring (15 points per game) and fourth in 3-point field goal percentage (.452). He recorded a season- and career-high 33 points on 12-for-29 shooting on April 17 in a win over the Hawks.

With Pablo Prigioni doubtful for Game 1 against the Celtics on Saturday, as he's dealing with a sprained right ankle, Mike Woodson will start either Copeland or James White at small forward. The coach will make the announcement on Saturday.

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