Carmelo Anthony took a silly fall Monday night and it was Amar’e Stoudemire who dramatically got up.
The Amar’e 30-Minute Rule is a little more flexible than Mike Woodson originally let on as Stoudemire played 32 minutes and rallied the Knicks to a 102-97 victory over the woeful Cleveland Cavaliers after Anthony left the game in the second quarter with an injured right knee.
“I was trying to keep it right there (at 30 minutes),” Woodson said. “I went over it a little bit... so oops.”
Anthony spent the final 31 minutes in the locker room. He revealed that he has been bothered by knee soreness for “a couple of weeks” and recently had an MRI that failed to show any structural damage.
“I wanted to get clarity on it,” said Anthony, who played 14 minutes and scored a season-low six points. “The MRI came back great. We don’t think it’s too serious.”
Anthony reported feeling tightness in the back of his right knee. The Knicks have not listed him on their injury report the past two weeks, and did not release news of an MRI.

Anthony complained of soreness early Monday and considered sitting out the game. Midway through the second quarter, Anthony turned to catch Jason Kidd’s outlet pass at midcourt and instead crumbled to the ground, appearing to trip over his own feet. There wasn’t a Cavaliers player within 10 feet.
“Before the game I felt like I was dragging my right leg,” Anthony said. “Maybe that one particular possession I didn’t really have the control that I wanted on that leg and kind of tripped over my other leg.”
Anthony remained on the court for several seconds before getting up under his own power and walking directly to the locker room. The Knicks were trailing by 22 points when Anthony exited — and outscored Cleveland 72-45 without him.


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