Carmelo Anthony exits Knicks-Rockets game with apparent back injury

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The Knicks lost to the Rockets 91-86, but much more worrying was a back injury to Carmelo Anthony that forced him to the bench early.

From ESPN.com’s Ian Begley:

Anthony appeared to land awkwardly after attempting a jump shot with two minutes to play in the second quarter.

He tried to play through the injury but asked to be taken out of the game on the next possession.

Anthony’s status going forward is unknown.

The Knicks play the Mavericks in Dallas. It’s unclear whether Anthony will play, but at 4-11, they can ill afford the loss of their best player.