Carmelo Anthony cuts finger, is uncertain whether he’ll play against Heat

December 6, 2012

Carmelo Anthony dived into the stands and came up with a sliced finger. (Chris Keane / Reuters)

Carmelo Anthony made a heroic leap into the stands Wednesday night and came up with a lacerated left finger that may keep him out of the New York Knicks’ game tonight in Miami.

“Right now, it’s numb, so I don’t know,” said Anthony, who was hurt with 2 minutes, 10 seconds left in the Knicks’ 100-98 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats. He left the court immediately and the cut required five stitches.

He was joking after the game, so how bad could the injury be? Unlike the San Antonio Spurs stars, who were sent home on a commercial flight by their coach rather than go to Miami during a road trip, Anthony kidded: “I’m not getting on Southwest. I’m going to Miami.”

Even if he can’t play, he can at least watch the team with the best record in the East — that’d be the Knicks, at 13-4 — play the 12-4 Heat in a game that should help determine just how good the Knicks are. Their latest victory came on a buzzer-beater by J.R. Smith, who ruined the vibe in the Charlotte owners’ box, where Michael Jordan was entertaining Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.

“I want to play against Miami,” Anthony said (via the New York Daily News), “but at the end of the day I have to do what’s right for my finger. It’s a deep cut. If I can’t play then I’ll see them two more times. … [But] I’m going to take some time off from diving into the stands.”

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Related: Anthony says he’s “in a very good space” 

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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Cindy Boren · December 6, 2012