Anthony committed nine turnovers in loss to Washington on Friday.
New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony has revealed that he is suffering from a sore right shoulder, although x-rays came back negative to rule out any serious damage.
Melo had just 10 points, eight rebounds and five assists in the 90-89 loss to the Washington Wizards on Friday night at Madison Square Garden after going into the game averaging 28 points, and he also committed nine turnovers.
While he is expected to play against the Miami Heat on Sunday, it is clear that the shoulder is troubling him as while he missed all four of his three-point attempts, he even had to call a timeout in the first half.
“Today was just the lingering effect on it,” said Anthony, as reported by ESPN.
“I just felt it just gave [out]. Throughout the course of the game, there was no strength in it — on the passes, causing turnovers, things like that. Hopefully, I’ll be all right.”
The 29-year-old suffered a labrum and rotator cuff tear in his left shoulder late last season but played through the injuries in the playoffs. However, he insists that this isn’t the same type of injury and he is hopeful that it won’t have a long-lasting effect.
Coach Mike Woodson conceded that he was aware his star player had a problem, but revealed that he needed him out on the floor unless the injury was serious enough to sideline him.
It was a disappointing loss for the Knicks after their recent form had put them back into the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, but coupled with Atlanta’s win over Cleveland on Friday, they fell back out of contention for the time being.
If they are to secure their place in the post-season, they will need Anthony at his best, especially starting with a clash against the Heat on Sunday.