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Carmelo Anthony Has Knee Drained, Questionable For Knicks-Clippers

Carmelo Anthony (credit: Elsa/Getty Images)

Carmelo Anthony (credit: Elsa/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The Knicks say Carmelo Anthony had fluid drained from the back of his right knee and is questionable for their game Sunday in Los Angeles against the Clippers.

Anthony left in the third quarter of the Knicks’ 117-94 loss to Denver on Wednesday when the knee was bothering him again. He flew home to New York while the Knicks moved on to Portland for Thursday’s loss to the Trail Blazers.

Knicks coach Mike Woodson admitted he was worried until he spoke with Anthony following after the procedure, adding there wasn’t anything “majorly wrong” with the knee.

“He felt pretty good about it so I feel good,” said Woodson. “He didn’t say when he will be ready. I’m just assuming he’s going to be ready soon. … We’ve got to nurse him back, get him feeling good about himself, get him back out on the floor and get it going again.”

Anthony recently missed three games with what the Knicks said was a sore and stiff right knee. He struggled through poor performances in the first two games of their five-game trip, getting held to nine points Wednesday, before deciding to have the procedure.

“If he thought he could play without getting it drained, then that was the route he chose to take,” said Woodson. “He got it drained and so we’ve got to go from there. He’s going to be fine. Once we get him back rehabbing and get him back out on the floor, I think he’s going to be OK.”

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