Erik Horne: Billy Donovan says Carmelo Anthony will play tonight.
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Brett Dawson: Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony will play tonight.
Fred Katz: No minutes restrictions for Anthony or Westbrook, per Donovan. They are expected to play tomorrow in Memphis, as well. No back-to-back issues, Donovan says.
Royce Young: Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony are both out tonight against the Grizzlies.
Fred Katz: Carmelo Anthony and Russell Westbrook are both questionable for tomorrow at the Lakers with ankle sprains. Westbrook left, Melo right.
Carmelo Anthony was a late scratch because of a sore back, and Steven Adams missed his second consecutive game with a right calf contusion. George finished 12-of-22, 7-of-12 from 3-point range.
Erik Horne: Billy Donovan said he found out about an hour before the game that Carmelo Anthony would not be available to play. Unsure of timetable for Melo’s return.
JR Smith: So now you just gone tie ya jersey in knots now?? @carmeloanthony Ight I let you steal the hoodie but the knot game ain’t rolling!! @dwyanewade I hope you ain’t on nothing like this or we gone have to talk! 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
Steve Popper: The show is on. Carmelo is available tonight for the finale.
Jonah Ballow: Hornacek says Melo (sore knee) and Porzingis (sore back) are out tonight. #NYKvsMEM #Knicks
Chris Forsberg: Both Derrick Rose and Carmelo Anthony are out for the Knicks vs. Boston today, according to coach Jeff Hornacek.
Al Iannazzone: No Melo (back), Rose (knee) or Lance thomas (hip) tonight vs. Heat.
Carmelo Anthony’s right shoulder is hampering him, but he said he will continue to try to play through it. Anthony started feeling soreness in the shoulder during last month’s West Coast trip, and he missed the Dec. 13 game against the Warriors. He hasn’t sat out since then and said he doesn’t plan to shut it down for a stretch to rest it.
“I don’t think it will get to that point,” Anthony said. “I think now it’s just a tolerance level, seeing what I can do and what I can’t do. I don’t think it’s a situation where I’ll shut it down. Maybe a game here, a game here. Just play it by ear.” Anthony said if he were to miss a game, it would be more for “overall rest and recovery” and not necessarily because of the shoulder. He said he hasn’t missed any practices because of it.
Anthony said he plans to return Monday versus Orlando after banging knees with New Orleans forward Dante Cunningham in the first quarter Friday. “I was able to get through the [New Orleans] game,” Anthony said. “I was contemplating if I was going to give it a go. I decided at the last minute go out and play and try to get through it. The more I tried to play and run on it, it got too sore.”
Ian Begley: Carmelo Anthony (sore right shoulder) will not play against Golden State tonight, the team says. No Derrick Rose (back) either.
Anthony, who has had soreness in his surgically repaired left knee this season, believes he will be fine and will be able to commit to playing in a record fourth Olympics for the men’s national team. “I want to go,” Anthony said. “I look forward to being a part of that.
Anthony’s surgically repaired left knee has already cost him seven games this season while robbing him of a quick first step and any explosiveness at the rim. The Knicks have copped to giving Anthony one MRI but according to a team source, Anthony has had two MRIs in the past three weeks so the concern over his long-term health is very real. “Today, it wasn’t that sore,” Anthony said. “I think the couple of days off helped.”
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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry is targeting a return to action on Friday against the Atlanta Hawks, the team’s next opponent, league sources told ESPN. The two-time MVP will have his right ankle re-evaluated on Tuesday. If the evaluation reveals enough progress and there are no unforeseen setbacks from this point to Friday, the sharpshooter intends to play after missing the past five games, sources said.
Marc Gasol said he will have questions about the direction of the team after the offseason. How will you reassure him that Memphis remains the best fit for him at this stage of his career? Chris Wallace: Marc is having a terrific career here, both individually – being a multiple All-Star, being defensive player of the year, the All-NBA recognition. And he’s had tremendous team success. So, I don’t think one off year from the team success side tarnishes what he’s achieved or necessarily is going to be the norm going forward for the Grizzlies. This happens to all sorts of teams, where you have not as good a year as where you expect to be. But that doesn’t mean you can’t jump right back in and be successful again next year and that’s what our goal is. And he’s a big part of that.
Shumpert is almost certain to opt in for next season. Having dealt with foot and knee injuries, this is not the time for Shumpert to test free agency when he has $11 million guaranteed for next season, even if he’s not a part of the Kings’ long-term plans. I’m intrigued by what Shumpert might add. He’s only 27 and has shown he can play in pressure situations, having been a part of Cleveland’s 2016 NBA championship team. Shumpert will be motivated to show the rest of the league he is healthy and that he can play a key role on a team.
Donatas Urbonas: Gudaitis confirmed he met with Cavaliers representatives in Milano. They invited Gudaitis to work out in Cleveland upcoming summer. Gudaitis told his priority is National Team and FIBA 19 qualifiers. But if everything is ok with the schedule, he’ll come to Cleveland
Now that you’re in New York, this is a totally different market. How have you felt about the way the city has embraced you? Michael Beasley: Honestly, I couldn’t ask for anything better. For the city and fans to embrace not only the way I play but who I am as much as they did – it feels great to be able to be yourself and be accepted. I thank the city forever for that. It’s unfortunate we couldn’t win as much as we wanted to this year.
Players like DeMar DeRozan and Kevin Love have talked about that anxiety. Do you think that has helped others be more open with their own struggles? Michael Beasley: Hats off to those guys, man. More people than you think go through that. I go through it. It took me awhile to realize it because we’re raised to believe that it’s an embarrassing thing. It’s definitely inspiring for them to be honest about what they are experiencing. They opened up the floodgates, they opened up the doors, for the next great NBA player or even the next great scientist. The next shy kid with anxiety can break out of their shell because of this.
I watched your interview with Taylor Rooks on SNY where you talked about parenting your daughter, painting your nails. I thought that was super cool. Michael Beasley: [Laughs] Listen, man. I lost my hood card because I’ve got paint on my nails, bro. So that’s good to hear. My four-year-old will be five in April. Not much will change in those years. I think it’s cool. People should be themselves no matter what anyone says and how it feels. Just be comfortable with being yourself.