New York Knicks: Carmelo Anthony Battling Shoulder Injury

The New York Knicks temporarily stopped the bleeding on Friday, Jan. 6. Behind a splendid performance by franchise player Carmelo Anthony, New York erased a 14-point deficit and secured a signature road win to snap a six-game losing streak.

Unfortunately, the 116-111 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks revealed more than just how promising the Knicks’ roster truly is.

Anthony finished the Milwaukee game with 26 points, 10 assists, six rebounds, and a steal in 39 minutes of action. It was his first game with at least 10 assists since 2012 and his second consecutive flirtation with a triple-double.

Unfortunately, Anthony informed Stefan Bondy of The New York Daily News that he’s pushing through the pain of a, “Bad,” shoulder injury.

“You know what it is, it’s an adjustment that you have to make on the fly. Like some days it feels good, some days it’s tight. Throughout the course of the game, certain shots, certain moves, you feel like the strength isn’t there. So it’s just a matter of figuring out how to play through it. What’s working? What’s not?
“It feels good during the game. And then you irritate it. And then you kind of have to work backwards again to get it back stronger. But I’m constant around-the-clock treatment.”
That could explain quite a bit.

Anthony is shooting a career-worst 42.0 percent from the field during the 2016-17 NBA regular season. He’s averaging his fewest rebounds since 2006-07 and has come off as unnatural in the manner in which he’s getting shots off.

One of the greatest scorers in NBA history, Anthony simply hasn’t looked like himself during his 35 appearances.

A bad shoulder injury, as he described it, appears to be what’s behind Anthony’s inconsistency in 2016-17.

This isn’t the first time that Anthony’s shoulder has been referenced as a potential reason for his struggles. His knee has been problematic in recent games, but he’s been experiencing noticeable discomfort in his shoulder for weeks on end.

Anthony has now confirmed that damage was sustained, which causes one to question whether or not he should fully address the issue before it escalates.

Anthony is turning things around from a production standpoint, but news of his shoulder injury is certain to leave the fan base concerned.

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Carmelo Anthony says he's playing through 'bad' shoulder injury

New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony said he's playing through a "bad" right shoulder injury that requires constant treatment, according to a report.

Anthony has been dealing with the shoulder injury for the past four weeks.

"It's bad," Anthony told the New York Daily News after the Knicks' win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night. "You know what it is, it's an adjustment that you have to make on the fly. Like some days, it feels good; some days, it's tight. Throughout the course of the game -- certain shots, certain moves -- you feel like the strength isn't there. So it's just a matter of figuring out how to play through it. What's working? What's not?

"It feels good during the game. And then you irritate it. And then you kind of have to work backwards again to get it back stronger. But I'm constant around-the-clock treatment."

Anthony had 26 points, 10 assists and six rebounds on Friday to help New York snap its six-game losing streak. He had 30 points in a loss earlier this week, but he had struggled with his shot at times in the previous three weeks, possibly due to the shoulder ailment.

"The only thing that's going to help (the shoulder) is rest," Anthony told the newspaper. "But we're playing every other day. It's a tough month."

Anthony added that he has no plans to sit, so it will be up to coach Jeff Hornacek and the team's medical staff to hold him out.

"Not yet. Not yet," Anthony said of potentially missing a game. "Especially now when we're in the grind and in the thick of things and we kind of have a chance to get back above .500. And we have some teams that we feel that are some winnable games. So that decision is. ... they're going to have to tell me to take a couple off, because I'm not doing it."

The Knicks play a season-high 17 games in January and are trying to rebound from a rough stretch in which they'd lost eight of 10 games. Anthony said he originally suffered the injury while diving for a loose ball in a game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Dec. 11.


Carmelo Anthony reveals he's dealing with shoulder injury that needs 'constant around-the-clock treatment'

INDIANAPOLIS – As the Knicks try to recover their season, Carmelo Anthony is determined to fight through a weakened shooting shoulder that he understands will be a hindrance for as long as he resists rest.

Anthony explained to the Daily News that the injury is easily aggravated during games, and it’s been that way ever since a bruise first occurred while diving for a loose ball on Dec. 11 against the Lakers. Basically the last four weeks have been a daily struggle to manage the discomfort.

“It’s bad,” Anthony told the News after Friday’s victory over the Bucks, when the forward nearly put up a triple-double and hit the go-ahead basket in the final minute. “You know what it is, it’s an adjustment that you have to make on the fly. Like some days it feels good, some days it’s tight. Throughout the course of the game, certain shots, certain moves, you feel like the strength isn’t there. So it’s just a matter of figuring out how to play through it. What’s working? What’s not?

“It feels good during the game. And then you irritate it. And then you kind of have to work backwards again to get it back stronger. But I’m constant around-the-clock treatment.”

It’s a huge month for the Knicks, whose recent six-game slide has them on the outside of the playoff picture nearly halfway through the season. There are more games in January (17) than any month, and even coach Jeff Hornacek has dubbed it a season-defining stretch.

On a personal level for Anthony, there’s also a streak of seven straight All-Star appearances that is in jeopardy based on the first returns of the fan voting.

“The only thing that’s going to help (the shoulder) is rest,” Anthony said. “But we’re playing every other day. It’s a tough month.”

So has he thought about sitting out a game, like Saturday against the Pacers in the second game of a back-to-back?

“Not yet. Not yet,” Anthony told the News. “Especially now when we’re in the grind and in the thick of things and we kind of have a chance to get back above .500. And we have some teams that we feel that are some winnable games. So that decision is. ... they’re going to have to tell me to take a couple off. Cause I’m not doing it.”

Understandably with a hurt shooting shoulder, Anthony’s performances have been sporadic. Since the injury occurred, the 32-year-old averaged 21.7 points on just 40 percent shooting while taking only one game off. In the meantime, he was attacked by George Karl in a book, called out for his defense and effort on the MSG broadcast, and ejected from a game for hitting Thabo Sefolosha in the face.

The Knicks also lost nine of 11 games immediately following Anthony’s injury. But they’re also 0-11 since last season when he doesn’t suit up – and 7-46 over the last three seasons – so he's coping while playing.

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