SAN ANTONIO (CBSNewYork/AP) — Could it get any worse without Carmelo Anthony?

Well, yes.

The New York Knicks dropped their 10th straight game Wednesday night with their star forward on the bench because of soreness in his left knee. And there’s no telling when he’ll be back.

“This afternoon I got a little treatment and it’s a little sore,” Anthony said, according to the New York Daily News. “I don’t think it’s about any diagnosis right now, just a matter of getting to the bottom of it and seeing what’s the problem. What I’m hearing is it won’t get any worse but it won’t get any better so it’s just a matter of how much pain I can take while I’m out there playing. Some days are better than others.”

Anthony said surgery — the possibility of which was reported by the New York Daily News on Wednesday — would be a last resort.

“I’m not even looking forward to even discussing the surgery or anything like that. I’ll explore as many other options as I can before I go under the knife and get surgery,” he said. “That will always be a solution, an option, but that was the last, last option.”

Anthony disclosed the injury after playing 39 minutes in Tuesday night’s loss at New Orleans. Guard J.R. Smith, the team’s third-leading scorer, was a late scratch in Wednesday’s 109-95 loss to the San Antonio Spurs with a sore heel.

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 23 points on 9-for-18 shooting for the hapless Knicks, who fell to 4-20.

Anthony downplayed a report of discord between himself and Hardaway. Some players are down on first-year head coach Derek Fisher and his insistence on running the triangle offense and are frustrated with Anthony, according to an ESPN report published Wednesday.

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