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Carmelo Anthony questionable against Nets tonight, but not if Mike Woodson has anything to say about it


Carmelo Anthony is having, arguably, the best season of his career. He’s battled nearly every game for a bad team, laying it all out on the line.

Even if Melo leaves New York in free agency this summer, he would have given the Knicks their money’s worth this year.

How often does a star in obvious pain play his final games for a team already eliminated from the playoff race? Melo has every right just to call it a season.

Mike Woodson will try to make him do just that.

That Melo is even questionable is incredible. I don’t know what he’s trying to prove, but I commend him for it. My respect for him as a competitor has never been higher, and he’s frequently raised the bar throughout the season.

Just look at what he’s dealing with.

Here are Melo’s win shares (blue) and his teammates’ estimated win shares (orange)*:


He has done more than ever this season as his teammates have done less.

*Teammates’ estimated win shares are team wins minus Melo’s win shares. All seasons normalized to 82-game schedule.

After they play the Nets tonight, the Knicks close their season against the Raptors tomorrow. There’s no logical reason Melo should play either game.

But, obviously, that doesn’t mean Melo is done.

Hezonja throws down one-handed dunk in preseason debut

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Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:

Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers dislocated shoulder in preseason game

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Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:

A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:

Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.