Carmelo Anthony injury: Knicks star will not play Saturday night; Rasheed Wallace also out

Bruce Bennett

The New York Knicks will be without Carmelo Anthony and Rasheed Wallace when they take on the Cleveland Cavaliers at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night.

The New York Knicks (17-5), unbeaten at home this season, welcome the Cleveland Cavaliers (5-19) to Madison Square Garden on Saturday night, but the home team will be without two key contributors when the clubs tip off. Via Alan Hahn of MSG Network:

Anthony injured his left ankle in the third quarter of Thursday's game against the Los Angeles Lakers, on a hard foul from L.A. center Dwight Howard that sent Anthony awkwardly to the floor. He did not return to the game after suffering the injury. The team did not practice Friday, but reports previously indicated the Knicks were likely to keep Anthony out of Saturday's contest. Anthony is averaging 29.0 points per game at home this season.

Copeland, starting in place of Wallace on Saturday night, spent time in Europe and the NBA's Development League before signing with the Knicks. He made his NBA debut on Nov. 2, against the defending champion Miami Heat.

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