The New York Knicks’ playoff chances took three hits Friday night. Blow No. 1: The Atlanta Hawks crushed the Cleveland Cavaliers, tying New York with 33 wins. Blow No. 2: The Knicks lost a nail-biter to the Washington Wizards to fall two games behind the Hawks in the loss column. (Atlanta would have the tie-breaker.) Blow No. 3: Carmelo Anthony suffered a right shoulder strain that will likely affect him in the team’s final five games. Anthony said that he actually hurt the shoulder in Wednesday’s win over Brooklyn, but the effects were clear on Friday, when he scored just 10 points and turned the ball over nine times, a total that doesn’t include a fumble on the last possession of the game, because J.R. Smith recovered the ball and missed the game-winner. Prior to the game, Knicks coach Mike Woodson lauded Anthony for his consistency this season. “He’s been there every night,” Woodson said. “I don’t think anybody can point the finger at Melo for anything. Everybody’s starting to come together, but Melo has been there from Day 1. His numbers have indicated that.” Then Anthony played his worst game of the season. At one point, he was forced to call timeout because his shoulder “gave out.” Anthony isn’t going to miss any time (x-rays were negative), but the Knicks have to worry about his effectiveness for their final five games, during which his streak of making the playoffs every season of his career will be on the line.
'Melo's shoulder hurts N.Y.'s playoff hopes
NBA.com | Apr 6