Knicks' Carmelo Anthony reacts after teammate Marcus Camby fell into him, after going to the basket against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

Carmelo Anthony, Raymond Felton out for Knicks Wednesday


Carmelo Anthony was brilliant in the Knicks 100-94 loss to the Lakers on Wednesday, pouring in 34 points, 24 of which came in the second half.

Anthony played over 43 minutes and physically battled Metta World peace for many of them, and that doesn’t come without taking its toll.

Anthony will be out for Wednesday night’s contest in Phoenix against the Suns due to a sore left knee, one that became that way after teammate Marcus Camby rolled into it on Tuesday.

“I’m a little sore,” Anthony said in Staples Center locker room afterward. “A little sore, a little beat up. But I’ll be fine for tomorrow against Phoenix.”

Obviously, things changed overnight. Anthony also said he “kind of hyperextended” the knee, but the official word right now is that he’s only being held out due to soreness.

Raymond Felton is also out Wednesday, after suffering a sprained pinky on his shooting hand that also occurred Tuesday. The New York Daily News reports that Felton said if the pain was similar to what he was feeling in the fourth quarter, he’d be forced to sit out.

“Right now it hurts like hell. Knowing me, I won’t sit out the game for any reason, (But) if it bothers me the way it did in the fourth quarter where I couldn’t shoot the ball like I wanted to – or pass the ball – I am not going to play on it.”

Jason Kidd is likely to start in Felton’s place.

PBT Extra bold prediction previews: Clippers ready to win West?

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With our PBT Extra videos, we are previewing the entire NBA by using bold predictions, starting in the Pacific Division (we already did the Warriors).

Some of those predictions come from fans on Twitter where I had sent out a request, including the bold prediction for the Clippers.

It could happen, they are certainly contenders. But two things need to happen.

The big one is their defense, which was middle of the pack last season, needs to move into the top 10 (and DeAndre Jordan needs to play consistently like a guy who is third in Defensive Player of the Year voting).

Second is the new and improved bench unit of Lance Stephenson, Josh Smith, and Jamal Crawford (he’s not new) need to mesh into a unit. Those are three guys who like to create for themselves and make questionable shot choices, getting them play well with others could be a bumpy road.

Stephen Curry gives high five while his shot is in air (video)

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Stephen Curry said the defending-champion Warriors would have no problem picking up where they left off.

His swagger certainly remains intact.