NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Knicks general manager Glen Grunwald is taking the “smart” approach when it comes to Carmelo Anthony’s nagging left knee injury.

Grunwald said the Knicks star is questionable for Wednesday in Detroit and not “certain” to play Thursday against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Anthony left Monday’s win over the Cleveland Cavaliers after stumbling and falling near midcourt.

“We’re going to try to be smart about it and not rush him along if we don’t think it’s appropriate,” Grunwald told WFAN’s Mike Francesa on Tuesday.

Grunwald said the knee was “sore and stiff,” and has been “bugging” Anthony — whose recent MRI results came back negative — for two or three weeks.

“We don’t believe it’s serious, no,” Grunwald said. “We’re trying to be smart, we’re trying to take the long view here. We obviously need Melo if we’re going to have a successful season.”

The Knicks will wait to see how Anthony responds to treatment, according to Grunwald.

Also on Tuesday, coach Mike Woodson said in a radio interview that Anthony was “hurting” and asked to come out of the game before his second-quarter crash to the court.

“I should have (taken him out),” he said. “Stubborn coach. I just didn’t. We’re down 22. … He was hurt, and walked out after he took the spill and didn’t come back. That’s not Melo-like.”

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