Carmelo Anthony said his sprained left ankle "was a lot worse'' than he originally thought and isn't sure yet if he will play Thursday in San Antonio. Anthony, who suffered the injury on Dec. 23 in Orlando, has missed the past three games. He said he did some running Sunday and Monday but was limited in practice. "It was worse than I thought," he said. "The night that I sprained it, I was trying to get back in the game. I went back and taped it up. As soon as I walked out of that locker room, I couldn't do it. Then the next day, it swelled up on me big time. It kept swelling, so we had to get control of that first and then go from there. So it was a lot worse than what I actually thought." This was the first time Anthony spoke since landing on the foot of former Half Hollow Hills West standout Tobias Harris in the Magic game. He said he hasn't undergone any further tests, and when asked if he will return when the Knicks open a three-game Texas trip against the Spurs, he said: "Hopefully.'' He added, "I'm getting there. I feel a lot better. There's still some things lingering. But each day it's getting better. Still some swelling in there, still some tenderness. Eventually I'll have to play with a little bit of tenderness, a little bit of pain.'' The Knicks lost all three games he missed, by a total of 56 points, and are tied for the NBA's third-worst record at 9-21. Anthony never could have imagined that. He continues to say they have to "find a solution" and "figure it out," but he isn't sure what it will take. "To be honest, I really don't know what's going to happen," he said. "I can't be too concerned about that. I just got to worry about playing ball and whatever happens happens." Playing with more effort and having fewer defensive breakdowns would help. Anthony said effort shouldn't be an issue. "The effort is definitely not there some days, or it's there and then sometimes it's not,'' he said. "We've got to get some consistency from that standpoint."