Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Collective Gasp

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Collective Gasp

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CLEVELAND -- The Knicks were already struggling through a so- ugly-you-had-to-laugh performance, getting humiliated by the Cavaliers in the second quarter, when Carmelo Anthony took a pass in the open floor just shy of midcourt.

As he caught the ball, he appeared to trip over his own feet, tumbling to the ground as the Quicken Loans Arena crowd laughed. But Anthony didn't get up as play continued at the other end of the court. He finally rose, but never stopped at the bench and headed straight to the locker room, where word filtered out that he aggravated a lingering right-knee injury.

While the Knicks have struggled with the expected assortment of bumps and bruises with their aging roster, the sight of Anthony on the ground is enough to cause major concern. While he has his flaws, he still carries the team's hopes on his shoulders and shooting touch.

At least the absence of Anthony didn't signal disaster and actually seemed to spur them on as the Knicks overcame a 22-point deficit at the time of the injury and survived for a 102-97 win over the Cavaliers. But for the long run, the Knicks are facing a future as uncertain as the status of their star's right knee.

While the rest of the team dressed, Anthony slipped out of the training room and paused briefly in the catacombs of the arena to answer questions, but with little clarity. He didn't injure the knee for the first time on that play, having endured pain for weeks and undergoing an MRI in recent days.

"My knee gave out. My leg gave out," Anthony said. "I'm going to just see, wait a couple hours and see.

"Before the game, I felt like I was like dragging my right leg. And maybe that one particular possession, I didn't really have the control that I wanted out of that leg and kind of tripped over my other leg."

"One time he wanted to come out," Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. "So obviously, it was bothering him a little bit. He never asks to come out of a game."

The Knicks will learn more today with a day off in Detroit, but Anthony said the MRI he underwent did not reveal any damage. He had tests conducted by team doctors when he left the game Monday.

"They did manual tests, like ligament tests, things like that," Anthony said. …

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