Melo is a 'game-time decision'

MIAMI -- Addressing reporters before the Heat game, Mike Woodson said that Carmelo Anthony is a game-time decision.

Melo did go through walkthrough on Thursday morning, and Woody suggested that his star player will take the court against their longtime Eastern Conference rival.

"The concern is if he's not Melo. If he says he's going to play, he'll play," the coach said. "I'm sure he's going to be just fine."

If Anthony can't go, Woodson still has confidence that other guys will contribute more.

"I feel good about the makeup of our ball club, so if somebody goes down, somebody else has got to step up," he said. "If he doesn't play, then we've got to go to Plan B."

With Anthony, Raymond Felton, Jason Kidd, Ronnie Brewer and Tyson Chandler will round out the rest of the starting five. Woodson didn't comment on who could start in place of Melo, who Heat coach Erik Spoelstra called "a nightmare" for his coaching staff.

"He just puts a lot of pressure on your defense," he said. "He can get your whole team in foul trouble. He is also playing very unselfish this year."

Looking ahead to tip-off, Woodson said that his team will have to play a "perfect game to beat them" -- just like they did back on Nov. 2 at the Garden when they beat the Heat, 104-84.

"We played extremely well for 48 minutes, and we're going to have to do the same thing tonight," he said. "We're playing the world champions. I'll say it again, we're trying to get where they were a year ago, so you're going to have to play at a high level and you can't come in here and make any mistakes."

You can follow Jared Zwerling on Twitter.