Player News - Knicks

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Carmelo Anthony (back spasms) is doubtful for Friday's game against the Thunder.

J.R. Smith and Amare Stoudemire have speculated that Melo will miss a lot of time and that his back could be a problem for the rest of the season. Melo has been in extreme discomfort ever since suffering the injury, so it would be very shocking to see him play on Friday, or Sunday for that matter. At this point, Melo's owners just have to hope that when he said he plans on playing soon, that he was telling the truth. Having said all that, he has not officially been ruled out for Friday yet, so as Lloyd Christmas might say, there's still a chance.
Nov 27 - 1:54 PM

Carmelo Anthony (back spasms) said he hopes to return soon, but won't play with back spasms.

Anthony said he could barely walk before sitting out Wednesday's game against the Mavericks and later said that he was still sore and stiff. "I don’t think it will be too long,’’ Anthony said. "I think the spasms will go away. But I’m not going to play with spasms." Melo will travel with the Knicks to Oklahoma for Friday's game against the Thunder, but his owners may want to plan on being without him for at least another game. If Anthony is unable to suit up Friday, Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith would be the biggest fantasy beneficiaries.
Nov 27 - 10:17 AM

J.R. Smith started Wednesday's game with Carmelo Anthony (back spasms) unavailable, scoring 15 points with one 3-pointer, three rebounds, five assists and one steal.

He made 7-of-20 FGs and turned the ball over seven times, which is painful, but he's a solid fantasy play whenever he's in the Knicks' starting unit. Anthony is expected to travel for Friday's game in OKC, so fantasy owners should keep a close eye on New York's injury report before relying on Smith for ongoing production.
Nov 26 - 11:24 PM

Jose Calderon blew up vs. his former team on Wednesday, notching season highs with 21 points, seven 3-pointers, 10 rebounds and four assists in a tough loss to the Mavericks.

Calderon came in averaging just 8.0 points and 4.0 assists in his first two games of the season, following an extended absence due to a calf strain. He showed zero signs of rust tonight, nearly carrying the Knicks to an upset win despite the absence of Carmelo Anthony (back spasms). Calderon's extraordinary efficiency and unquestioned starting job make him a must-start fantasy PG, and his owners' only concern should be whether he can stay healthy.
Nov 26 - 11:24 PM

Samuel Dalembert double-doubled for the first time this season on Wednesday, posting 13 points and 13 rebounds in a seven-point loss in Dallas.

He added two steals and two blocks in what was easily his best game of the season -- he hadn't cracked double digits in points or rebounds before this unforeseeable explosion. Dalembert can't play his former team every night, unfortunately, and he's likely to fade back into standard-league fantasy irrelevance vs. the Thunder on Friday.
Nov 26 - 11:23 PM

J.R. Smith will start for the Knicks on Wednesday in place of Carmelo Anthony (back).

This move was anticipated by coach Derek Fisher earlier in the day, as Melo's severe back spasms had him very doubtful to suit up vs. the Mavericks. Smith is a fine play in all fantasy formats with Melo out of the lineup, as his touches and shot attempts should spike as a focal point of the Knicks' offense.
Nov 26 - 6:10 PM

Carmelo Anthony (back) will not play against the Mavericks on Wednesday.

He's likely going to miss some time here. Anthony hasn't dealt with any major back issues in his career, but it comes with the territory as an aging player. His fantasy owners should bench him and be prepared for him to be out. J.R. Smith will start in his place and is a fantasy option. Expect more shots to go to Iman Shumpert, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Amare Stoudemire tonight, too. The Knicks are planning on Melo flying to Oklahoma City on Friday, so he should be considered questionable.
Nov 26 - 6:09 PM

Amare Stoudemire has dealt with back spasms in the past and given the amount of pain Melo is currently in, paints a not-so-pleasant picture of what Melo might be dealing with.

"Back spasms is nothing easy to deal with,’’ Stoudemire said. "Your whole body shuts down, it affects your central nervous system. It affects your entire body. It takes time to get over that spasm. It takes a lot of rest and recovery and a lot of rehab to get over that particular injury.’’ Not good. Melo's owners should probably start making alternative plans for not only this week, but potentially the next month or so, if Stoudemire's assessment is accurate. Speaking of Stoudemire, his role should be greatly increased in Melo's absence, while J.R. Smith is expected to start tonight.
Nov 26 - 1:46 PM

J.R. Smith is expected to start at forward in place of Carmelo Anthony (back) on Wednesday, according to coach Derek Fisher.

We'll have to wait and see who makes up the starting unit tonight, but Smith gets a boost in value with Carmelo very unlikely to play again before Sunday, at the earliest.
Nov 26 - 10:43 AM

Carmelo Anthony had trouble even speaking, let alone walking or running, while dealing with his back injury on Monday night and he's not expected to play on Wednesday at Dallas, Friday at Oklahoma City and has no timetable for a return to action as of now.

The Knicks are concerned about his back spasms becoming a season-long problem, and are hoping his pain is not a sign of a disk problem. Anthony was already dealing with a knee injury and it now sounds like he could miss several more games with his back injury. Shane Larkin started the second half of Monday's game in Anthony's place, while Amare Stoudemire could get the call in his place tonight. Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Travis Wear should all see more opportunity with Melo in street clothes. The Knicks get the Heat in New York on Sunday and if Melo can play in that one, owners will have cause to celebrate.
Nov 26 - 9:20 AM

Carmelo Anthony didn't practice on Tuesday due to his aching back and is listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game at Dallas.

There is also speculation that he won't be ready for the Thunder on Friday, either, and owners who are stuck with Melo in a weekly lineup could be in some trouble. Travis Wear (who?) played the final 17 minutes on Monday night for the Knicks and looks like an interesting prospect, but guys like Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr. will probably benefit most by Melo's absence.
Nov 25 - 1:24 PM

The Knicks are waiting another day to find out more after Carmelo Anthony left Monday's game with back spasms.

Anthony will travel with the team to Dallas in advance of Wednesday's game, but will also make a visit to Houston to visit a specialist and get pain medication. "Back spasms is what we understand it to be right now," head coach Derek Fisher said. "We’ll find out more in 24-48 hours. Back spasms are tough to deal with. I’ve never experienced it before. It’s not comfortable at all." It's looking doubtful that Anthony will be able to suit up for Wednesday's game against the Mavs, but we'll update his status as soon as more information is available.
Nov 25 - 9:36 AM

Jose Calderon increased his playing time in his second game back from injury in the Knicks' 91-86 loss to the Rockets on Monday, scoring nine points on 3-of-7 shooting (including a three) with one rebound and five assists in 26 minutes.

Owners need to exhibit patience as he knocks the rust off while hopefully keeping himself off the injury report. When he's at full speed he's a mid-round asset and he's also extremely valuable to the Knicks' flailing offense.
Nov 25 - 12:19 AM

Iman Shumpert hit just 2-of-10 shots in Monday's loss to the Rockets, finishing with seven points, six rebounds, five assists and one steal in 30 foul-plagued minutes.

Shumpert has injury risk of his own but with plenty of main cogs getting dinged up he's a must-own player for that fact alone. That he already has top-100 value on his own is what owners can hang their hats on as long as he stays healthy.
Nov 25 - 12:15 AM

Amare Stoudemire blocked three shots and had one steal to go with eight points and eight rebounds in Monday's loss.

Stoudemire isn't known for his defensive stats so this output is a win for owners stringing the big man along in their lineup. As long as you have your expectations in check, he is a viable asset in starting lineups.
Nov 25 - 12:12 AM


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