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Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony (ankle) will play Saturday against Hawks

Carmelo Anthony
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New York Knicks’ head coach Derek Fisher has announced that forward Carmelo Anthony will play Saturday against the Atlanta Hawks. Missing just one game, Anthony has been nursing a right ankle sprain that he suffered on December 21 against the Orlando Magic.

In his absence, the Knicks were handed their 16th loss of the season (14-16) at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers last Wednesday.

The 31-year-old sustained the injury after getting tangled up with teammate Robin Lopez towards the end of the loss to the Magic. Including the loss, Anthony has averaged 25 points while shooting 59 percent from the field over the course of his previous two games.

On the season, he has averaged 21.8 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game when healthy.

Fisher also noted early Saturday that fellow forward Kyle O’Quinn would be active against the Hawks as well. O’Quinn, who is in his first year with the team, will be returning from a two-game absence at the hands of a right knee sprain.

Already notching 14 wins in 2015-2016, the Knicks are now just three wins away from tying the club’s win total from a season ago. However, the Knicks were defeated 112-101 by the Hawks in their last meeting on October 29.

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