New York Knicks star forward Carmelo Anthony won’t play in the Knicks’ game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night because of a sprained right ankle, head coach Derek Fisher said.
Anthony suffered the injury in the second half of New York’s loss to the Orlando Magic on Monday. The hope was that he’d be able to give it a go against LeBron James and Co., but the decision has been made to play it safe.
Anthony has been playing some excellent ball of late. He averaged 24.6 points, 7.4 rebounds and 4.8 assists over the last five games, which included four Knicks wins. He shot 51.7 percent overall and 37.5 percent from three over that span after struggling with his shot earlier in the season.
Lance Thomas will get the start in Anthony’s place. Thomas has been a pleasant surprise in the Big Apple this season, and he’s coming off a 24-point outing against the Magic in which he shot 9-of-9 from the field. The 27-year-old is averaging 8.9 points and shooting nearly 45 percent from three on the year.