(Sports Network) - The New York Knicks are hoping All-Star and leading scorer
Carmelo Anthony can return from a two-game absence when the Utah Jazz invade
Madison Square Garden Saturday night.
Sidelined with a balky right knee, Anthony is still day-to-day, according to
coach Mike Woodson, who said his star player is on a game-to-game basis.
Anthony has been getting treatment on the knee, which he injured in Monday's
close win at Cleveland. He then missed a win at Detroit, then sat out
Thursday's 95-94 home loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
"He's still day-to-day. I'll know a little more tomorrow morning," Woodson
said after the loss to OKC. "He had treatment throughout the game. We'll see
how he feels tomorrow."
Woodson did not rule Anthony out versus the Jazz. Anthony, who is questionable
on the team's game notes, is second in the NBA with 28.2 ppg and the Knicks
could have used his services against the mighty Thunder. OKC claimed the
victory on free throws by superstar Kevin Durant, while reserve J.R. Smith
missed a 3-pointer and a fadeaway jump shot down the stretch for New York,
which had won two straight and five of six.
"I tried to get to my spot where I really wanted to get to," Smith said of the
final shot. "My jumper was pretty much good all night except for the fourth
quarter and it just didn't go in."
Smith had 36 points and both Felton and Amare Stoudemire finished with 16. The
Knicks were outscored 20-13 in the fourth quarter and shot 40.7 percent for
the game. The also made just 10-of-31 3-pointers (32.3 percent).
The Atlantic Division-leading Knicks, who are 21-10 at MSG and third in the
Eastern Conference standings, have lost two in a row at home and are in the
thick of seven straight games against teams from the West. New York will head
to the west coast after Saturday's game for a five-game junket against the
Warriors, Nuggets, Blazers, Clippers and Jazz.
Utah probably can't wait to get back to Salt Lake City, but first it will
close out a four-game road trip (0-3) Saturday in New York.
The Jazz are coming off Friday's tough 89-88 loss at Chicago as Marco
Belinelli nailed the go-ahead 3-pointer in the final seconds to lift the
Bulls. Gordon Hayward missed on Utah's final shot and Al Jefferson returned
after missing three games with a sprained ankle to score 23 points.
"We're playing hard; that's all we can ask for. Things just aren't bouncing
our way," Jefferson said.
Marvin Williams had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Utah, which has dropped
three straight and six of seven games. The Jazz are also winless in four road
games in a row and own a 10-22 mark as the visitor.
After visiting the Knicks, Utah will host Detroit on Monday.
The Jazz lost the only meeting with New York a season ago, a 99-88 setback on
Feb. 6 in Gotham. Anthony left that game with an injury and then-guard Jeremy
Lin led the way with 28 points. Utah has lost seven of its last eight trips to
Madison Square Garden.
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