New York Knicks rumors about Carmelo Anthony and his sprained ankle came out late Tuesday, January 12. The Knicks rumors directly affect not just the Knicks, but also many fantasy basketball owners paying close attention to the situation. A report on CBS Sports stated that Anthony turned his ankle when he ran into a referee right before halftime.
Anthony tried to return in the second half of the game, but played only 19 seconds before he left the game for good. A report from the team was posted on Twitter stating that X-rays were performed on his ankle just to be sure he hadn’t been injured worse. The X-rays on his right ankle came back negative, suggesting that this shouldn’t be a long-term injury for the All-Star forward.
There are likely to be more New York Knicks rumors about Carmelo Anthony and his ankle as the week progresses. An ankle sprain is typically something that takes at least a few days to heal, suggesting Anthony could miss a game or two in the process. The Knicks take the court again on Wednesday, January 13 against the Brooklyn Nets. It’s a road game, giving Anthony very little time to rest his ankle.
These New York Knicks rumors are certainly something that fantasy basketball owners and gamblers should pay close attention to for the next few days. Though not confirmed yet, it is likely that Anthony will miss at least the game against the Brooklyn Nets and possibly the Saturday, January 16 game against the Memphis Grizzlies. Derrick Williams should be the beneficiary of more minutes, especially after posting a great second half against the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night. He finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.
Carmelo Anthony is averaging 21.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game during the 2015-16 NBA season. His shooting stats are down, though, with Anthony shooting just 43.7 percent from the field and 33.8 percent from three-point range. Two more games and he will have played as many as he did during the 2014-15 NBA season, showing that Anthony has at least been able to remain healthy. That is, until this sprained ankle sidelined him against the Celtics.
With this 120-114 win, the Knicks improved to 20-20 on the season. The team moved into second place in the Atlantic Division, trailing the first place Toronto Raptors by 4 1/2 games. The Knicks are also right behind the 20-18 Orlando Magic for the No. 8 spot in the Eastern Conference Playoffs. In prior seasons a.500 record would have been enough to get the Knicks back into the playoffs, but the Eastern Conference has been playing a bit better this year. Losing two games this season to Orlando hasn’t helped matters either.
In 39 games this season, Derrick Williams has averaged 8.1 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 0.8 assists per game. He has only played 589 minutes so far, but that could change if Anthony misses any time. The 15 points and 10 rebounds he had against the Celtics came in 29 minutes of action and marked the first time he has posted a double-double this season. If Anthony is out, Williams could certainly have the potential to repeat those numbers for the Knicks.
As a team, the Knicks have looked much better during the 2015-16 NBA season than the year before. Though there are a lot of new faces on the roster, the Knicks have become a threat to win almost every night. Though the season record stands at just 20-20 so far, this looks like a team that could put up some noise in the 2016 NBA Playoffs. Now the New York Knicks just need to make sure that Carmelo Anthony finishes stays healthy so the team can finish the season strong.
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