Carmelo Anthony has partial tear in his shoulder

There’s a reason why Carmelo Anthony’s left shoulder was bothering him. (Elsa / Getty Images)

Carmelo Anthony has a small tear in his left shoulder, an injury that could require surgery.

The New York Knicks forward played 12 playoff games with the partially torn labrum that was revealed in an MRI on Wednesday, the New New York Daily News reported. Anthony will rest for three-to-four weeks to see if the tear heals on its own.

“To be able to play with that and get through the pain, it just came a point where you just try not to think about it,” Anthony, who was hurt April 14, said Monday. “That’s where I was at mentally.”

The injury continued to bother him during the series against the Indiana Pacers. After shooting 45 percent during the regular season, he shot 40.9 percent  in 12 playoff games.

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