New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony sprained his ankle and had to exit Monday night’s game against the Orlando Magic, according to a Dec. 23 Sports Illustrated report. Anthony sustained the injury during the middle of the third quarter, after he committed a foul on Orlando Magic’s Nikola Vucevic.
ESPN reports that Anthony’s ankle injury raises the question of whether or not the player will heal up in time for the big Christmas Day game when the Knicks take on the Oklahoma City Thunders. Anthony, for his part is hopeful that he will be up and playing. “Hey, I’m walking,” he noted with the tight smile. “I don't want to miss that game,” he said. “It's Christmas Day at the Garden. I'll be there. Hopefully, I'll be there.”
The 29-year-old added that he was able to stop his ankle “rolling all the way, but [he] still rolled it pretty bad.” Teammates showed their concern for the injured player and the game. Forward Andrea Bargnani echoed the team’s dependence on the star player, stating, “Everything we do is connected to him. When he leaves, it changes everything.”
For now, the team is being caution as Anthony keeps his ankle on ice. “We're being cautious,” Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. “We'll evaluate it tomorrow and see where he is. Melo is a tough kid. He doesn't sit down very often. We've just got to wait and see how it feels tomorrow, see where he is, and we'll go from there.”