After a torrid start against the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night, New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony left in the third quarter with what is now being called by coach Mike Woodson a "slight" ankle sprain, according to a report from CBS New York on Friday. Anthony is officially listed as day-to-day.
Along with Woodson, Knicks general manager Glen Grunwald echoed the sentiment that the injury likely wasn't cause for alarm, saying he didn't think it was "anything serious." After the 116-107 win over the Lakers, Anthony said he was unsure if he would play in New York's next game, Saturday at home against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Anthony came out of the gates smoldering against Los Angeles, pouring in 22 of his 30 overall points in the first quarter and connecting on his first three three-pointers as the Knicks built a 41-27 lead after the first quarter.
Here's center and teammate Tyson Chandler from the report, talking about Anthony's status going forward:
"Talking to him, it may be a short-term thing but not long-term. Hopefully it's not too bad."