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Carmelo Anthony Hurts Arm, May Skip All-Star Game

Carmelo Anthony (credit: Elsa/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Carmelo Anthony’s All-Star game start could be in jeopardy after he received a deep bruise in his right arm that caused numbness.

Anthony said he wants to play Sunday in Houston but is “not going to force it.”

“As bad as I would want to play in the All-Star game, participate, if I can’t go, I can’t go,” the Knicks forward said. “Nothing I can do about that.”

Anthony was hurt early in the Knicks’ 92-88 loss to Toronto on Wednesday when he tried to step in front of a driving DeMar DeRozan and took an elbow to his biceps. Anthony says it created a contusion and left him battling a “dead arm” throughout the game.

“That affected our game,” said guard J.R. Smith. “We’re not used to seeing Melo go through slumps like that.”

Anthony finished with 12 points on 5-of-24 shooting.

The loss was the Knicks’ third in the last four games.

“It’s very disappointing,” said Anthony. “Right now, we need to re-focus and regroup and come back after the break with a new mindset.”

Should Melo sit this one out? Be heard in the comments…

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