Melo may not play all 3 of back-to-back-to-back

Carmelo Anthony returned to the court on Tuesday after a two-game absence due to ankle, thumb and wrist injuries.

He scored 25 points on 9-of-14 shooting and handed out six assists.

"These days that I took off really helped," Anthony said after the Knicks' win over Detroit. "Everything felt pretty good."

But he stopped short of declaring himself all the way back. Anthony said there are no guarantees that he will play all three games of the Knicks' back-to-back-to-back stretch coming later this week.

The Knicks play Chicago at home on Thursday and travel to Boston on Friday. They return home on Saturday to host New Jersey.

He was asked if there was "any question" that he could play in all three games.

"I just came back. I don't know," he said. "It's something that we have to talk about but we'll see. We'll see what happens."

Anthony looked relatively healthy after struggling with his shot recently. In his last six games prior to Tuesday, Anthony shot 40-for-126.

FINDING TYSON: Over the past few days, Mike D'Antoni has bemoaned the fact that the Knicks missed opportunities to find Tyson Chandler and others open near the rim "15-20" times against the Miami Heat on Friday. So he showed film of all the missed scoring chances.

"Look you've got a 7-1 guy in front of the rim and you can't see him?" the coach said.

The Knicks saw Chandler and found him on Tuesday. The big man finished with 17 points on five of six shooting against Detroit. All of his makes came within three feet of the rim.

"The ball movement was great tonight," Chandler said. "Our energy, our willingness to pass .... The way we could the open man just became contagious."

9-YEAR-OLD FUNDRAISER HONORED: The Knicks honored 7-year-old James Funaro of Suffolk County with their Sweetwater Clifton "City Spirit" Award for January for creating a men’s necktie fundraiser that generated over $9,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

After the 300-day campaign, James collected enough money to grant Javier Romero’s wish of going to Hawaii. Romero is a seven-year-old with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

On Tuesday, the Knicks donated $2,000 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Suffolk County to honor Funaro. Funaro was also presented with the City Spirit Award.

The award, named in honor of Nat "Sweetwater" Clifton, the first African-American to play for the Knicks, recognizes individuals who have made a significant difference in the lives of others.

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