Carmelo remains on track to play Friday

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Carmelo Anthony was limited in Wednesday’s practice but remains on track to play in Friday’s game against Toronto.

Mike Woodson decided to keep Anthony out of contact drills on Wednesday to protect his injured right shoulder.

Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony

#7 SF
New York Knicks

2014 STATS

  • GM75
  • PPG27.5

  • RPG8.2

  • APG3.1

  • FG%.451

  • FT%.847

“We wouldn’t allow him to do any contact today, but he went through the conditioning part at the top of practice and got through that,” Woodson said. “He’s basically rehabbing and getting ready for Friday.”

Anthony has said he has a “deep bruise” or sprain in his right shoulder that has hindered him on the court in the past two games.

In the two games since he suffered the injury, Anthony has missed 22 of 31 field goal attempts.

Woodson said on Wednesday that Anthony hasn’t undergone any further testing to determine the extent of the injury. Anthony underwent an X-ray after the Knicks’ loss to the Wizards on Friday.

The injury comes at the worst possible time for the Knicks, who are trying to make a late playoff push.

Entering play Tuesday, the Knicks were 1½ games behind the Atlanta Hawks in the race for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Knicks have four games remaining. Atlanta has five left, including Tuesday’s game against the Celtics at home. The Hawks also play Milwaukee in their season finale.

Any combination of Knicks losses or Hawks wins that adds up to three would clinch the eighth spot for Atlanta.

So the Knicks hope Anthony can heal as quickly as possible before Friday’s game against the Raptors.

Woodson knows that the injury could have a great impact on Anthony’s game.

“If you’ve even been a shooter, if it’s tough to raise your shooting arm it’s tough,” the coach said. “Only Melo knows the severity of his pain. All I can try to do is put him in the best position possible, and if he tells me he’s hurting and he can’t play, then it’s my job to sit him. But I don’t know if he’ll ever tell me that.”

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