All season long, the Carmelo Anthony has carried the New York Knicks on his shoulders. One of those shoulders is now giving out -- at the worst possible time.
Anthony said his right arm felt “dead” at times during the Knicks’ 102-91 loss to the Miami Heat on Sunday. He's nursing a right-shoulder injury.
“Coming into the game this morning, it felt all right. Throughout the course of the game, it felt like a dead arm at times,” Anthony said. “As the game went on, they tried to bang, physically, [and] I didn't even have it. It felt weird for me because I am a physical guy. I try to fight back in the post and gain ground. As the game went on, it was something that I lost.”
For the second straight game, Anthony seemed to be significantly impacted by his right-shoulder injury. He shot 4-for-17 on Sunday and scored just 13 points. He also handed out six assists and grabbed five rebounds.
Anthony did not attempt a shot in the fourth quarter.
“I had a wide open [3-pointer] and I almost shot an air ball,” he said, describing how the shoulder pain impacted him on the court. “From that point on, I was just trying to figure it out. It's not pain, it's just uncomfortable.”
Anthony first suffered the shoulder injury on Wednesday when he was tied up with Brooklyn’s Joe Johnson.
It affected him all night during Friday’s loss to Washington.
Anthony shot 5-for-14 in that game and turned the ball over a season-high nine times.
On Saturday, he said he was having difficulty lifting his arm over his shoulder and that he felt tightness in the shoulder. Anthony hopes that the pain can dissipate during the Knicks’ four-day break this week between games. The Knicks take on the Raptors Friday in Toronto.
"He is giving us what he's got," Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. "These next few days will give him an opportunity to heal and get some treatment."
Sunday’s loss dropped New York two games back of Atlanta in the race for eighth place in the Eastern Conference standings. Any combination of Knicks’ losses and Hawks’ wins that adds up to three will clinch the eighth spot in the East for Atlanta.
“It's bad timing, knowing our situation. I can’t be myself at this moment, that's the frustrating part,” Anthony said.
ESPN.com’s Tom Haberstroh contributed to this report.
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