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Carmelo Anthony sprains ankle, hopes to face Thunder on Christmas Day

Carmelo Anthony was limping with a sprained ankle Monday night. (John Raoux/ AP)

The New York Knicks face the possibility of playing the Oklahoma City Thunder in one of the NBA’s marquee Christmas Day matchups without Carmelo Anthony.

Anthony rolled his ankle in the third quarter of the Knicks’ 103-98 victory Monday night in Orlando and was unable to return to the game.

“Hey, I’m walking,” he said afterward. “I think I caught it before it rolled all the way, but it rolled pretty bad. We’ll evaluate everything [Tuesday], but the good thing is I’m able to walk with a little bit of pain.”

The Knicks also lost Raymond Felton to a groin injury and he seemed to best sum up the team’s plight.

“We can’t catch a break, man,” Felton said. “Just can’t catch a break.”

Both hope to play, but the team especially needs Anthony because, as forward Andrea Bargnani said, “everything we do is connected to him.” His ankle was iced and wrapped after the game.

“I haven’t been 100 percent since I came into the NBA,” Anthony said, “so I won’t be 100 percent Wednesday. I’ll be there. Hopefully, I’ll be there. I don’t want to miss that game. It’s Christmas in the Garden. I don’t want to miss that game.”

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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