You could see it — late in the second quarter Carmelo Anthony drove the lane and made a lay-up against the Portland Trail Blazers, but as he ran back up the court he was wincing. He had aggravated the issue with his left knee, which caused him to miss four games recently.
Anthony did not play in the second half because of his knee.
The Knicks are off until Wednesday when they face the Clippers in Los Angeles. After that they return home to face the Pistons on Friday. Anthony has been a game time decision for a while now due to his knee issues, that likely will remain the case going forward for a while.
Without Anthony the Knicks could mount no serious challenge to the Trail Blazers (well, frankly they couldn’t do that with Anthony either). In the second half the Knicks leaned heavily on Cole Aldrich and Tim Hardaway Jr. to generate points and the result was just 34 second half points in what was a 101-79 loss. The Knicks are now 5-27 on the season and have lost 17 of 18.
Anthony said some close to him have advised him to sit out for a while to rest his knee and get healthy. He’s trying to avoid surgery, but that is not out of the question. With the way the Knicks’ season is heading — and with the fact the Knicks have their own draft pick for this season — there’s not really a reason to rush Anthony back.