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Carmelo Anthony injury update: Knicks star unsure if ready vs. Heat

Carmelo Anthony's finger is numb after receiving several stitches Wednesday night, meaning he'll need to shoot around Thursday before deciding if he's comfortable enough to play.

Streeter Lecka

Carmelo Anthony said that he wasn't sure if he'd be able to play against the Miami Heat Thursday night due to a finger injury following the New York Knicks' win over the Charlotte Bobcats.

Anthony told reporters that his middle finger was numb after receiving 5-6 stitches. It was initially reported that he'd be fine, but he said he'd need to see how his hand felt gripping the ball on Thursday. The injury is on his non-shooting hand, so it will likely not be a major issue going forward, although it might keep him out of the second leg of the team's current back-to-back.

Anthony suffered the injury diving into the Knicks' bench with under three minutes to go in Wednesday night's tight victory, although the Knicks were already going to receive the ball due to a 24-second violation. Anthony had scored 20 points in the first half before finishing with 23. Anthony is third in the league in scoring, averaging 26.4 points, and has led the team in points in all but one game thus far this season.