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Carmelo unsure if he’s playing Saturday after tweaking ankle


Carmelo Anthony did all his damage in the first half against the Lakers.

The Knicks were well ahead and Anthony was probably only going to play a few more minutes when midway through the third quarter when he drove baseline, the Lakers help rotation was late (again) and he went up for a dunk. Then midair he got bumped by Dwight Howard going for a block and Anthony landed awkwardly tweaking his ankle (it wasn’t a dirty play, just unfortunate).

He left the game and did not return, and now it is not sure if he will be back for the Knicks next game, tweets Frank Isola of Newsday.

With ankle sprains, it’s really how it feels the next day that determines the severity. The Knicks likely will not make a call on him until Saturday.

But they would be smart to be cautious here — ‘Melo is playing well enough to move into the MVP conversation (such as it is 20 games into the season) and sprained ankles are more likely to aggravate if not fully healed. Once the ligament is stretched it will stretch again more easily. The Knicks don’t want this to become a lingering issue.

But we’ll see how Anthony feels Friday and 24 hours after that.

Report: Cavs sign Dionte Christmas

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The Cavs are shorthanded in the backcourt right now, with Kyrie Irving still out and Iman Shumpert sidelined for up to three months. Yahoo’s Marc Spears reports that they’re bringing in former Temple guard Dionte Christmas, who played for the Suns in 2013-14:

In 31 games for the Suns two seasons ago, Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. He probably won’t get very many minutes if he makes the Cavs’ final roster, but there’s a chance they’ll keep him around on a non-guaranteed deal until Irving and Shumpert are healthy, just to have another body in the backcourt.

Sixers’ Wilbekin hits game-winning three vs. Cavs (VIDEO)

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LeBron James sat out the Cavs’ preseason game against the Sixers on Thursday night, but Cleveland still held the lead for all but the final 5.4 seconds. Then, Sixers rookie Scottie Wilbekin did this:

Wilbekin, who played college ball at Florida, has a chance to earn legitimate minutes for the Sixers this season as they try to find young talent on the cheap. This is a good start.