When is Carmelo Anthony slated to return to the court? The New York Knicks continue to win seemingly every night regardless, so his return to the lineup is going to make things even better.
Anthony hurt his ankle in the 116-107 win over the Los Angeles Lakers last Thursday, but not before he torched them for 30 points on 10-of-15 shooting in just 23 minutes.
Though he was doing everything in his power to get back on the floor for Saturday’s matchup with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the training staff decided it’d be the safer bet to hold him out and get him fully healthy. There’s no point in risking Anthony’s long-term health, especially since the Knicks have shown they can do just fine without their superstar.
New York could use Anthony during this busy week though, as Mike Woodson’s team will play four games, all of which will be inside Madison Square Garden.
First the Knicks will play host to James Harden and the Houston Rockets and they are favored by a considerable margin, especially considering the Rockets have been quite poor on the road this season.
Two nights later New York finally gets to play the Brooklyn Nets at home. The Knicks have split two games in the Barclays Center and will be aiming to preserve their home-court advantage in what should be a fantastic game.
There’s not much time for rest for Anthony and company though, as the Knicks will then host the Chicago Bulls on Friday night. The Bulls, despite not having Derrick Rose or Richard Hamilton healthy, continue to play great defense and are a tough out for anyone.
To close out the week, New York will play the Minnesota Timberwolves, who just got Ricky Rubio back. That should be quite an entertaining game, with Anthony, Rubio, Kevin Love and the rest putting on a show for fans in MSG.