User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto Racing
Horses
More
Betting Tools

 
Knicks' expect 'Melo to return Wednesday

New Sportsbook.ag customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) - Carmelo Anthony expects to return to the New York Knicks' lineup Wednesday night against the Orlando Magic.

Advertisement
Anthony has missed three straight and six of the last eight games because of problems with his right knee. He had fluid drained from the back of the knee after struggling through the two games he played during that stretch, and said after the Knicks' morning shootaround he feels much better.

``I know how important this stretch run is for us, for me, for our whole organization,'' Anthony said. ``I went out there and tried to play hurt, banged up, it didn't work. I was only hurting my teammates by going out there and trying to play, so I'm not rushing back. But tonight I feel good, I felt good the last couple of days, so I'm going to see what happens.''

Anthony said he first felt pain in the fourth quarter of a March 3 loss to Miami, then said something didn't feel right when he woke up the next morning for a game in Cleveland. He fell to the court without contact while trying to catch a pass in the first half of that game and sat out the next three with what was called a stiff and sore knee.

He came back for the opener of the Knicks' trip at Golden State on March 11 and was dismal in his return to Denver two nights later. He left early in the second half and returned to New York the next day to have the procedure.

The Knicks' frontcourt has been decimated by injuries, with All-Star center Tyson Chandler expected to miss a week with a bulging disk. He joins reserves Amare Stoudemire, Rasheed Wallace and Kurt Thomas, who all will be sidelined for weeks.

Coach Mike Woodson said he expects Anthony to join Kenyon Martin, Iman Shumpert, Raymond Felton and Pablo Prigioni in the starting lineup Wednesday. The Knicks' Atlantic Division lead is down to just one game over Brooklyn after they went 1-4 on the trip.

``We've got to get healthy. The guys that need to get healthy, need to get healthy, take their time and the guys that's playing just need to step up,'' Anthony said. ``That's all I've got to say about that.''

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Mejia: Christmas Day Matchups
News: Christmas Day Odds posted
US routs Dominicans in exhibition
7 charged with trespassing at Allen home
US moves forward without Durant
Cunningham plans to sue accuser
Drew added to Cavs' coaching staff
Referee Bavetta retires after 39 years
Ballmer debuts as LA Clippers owner
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NBA Pro Basketball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
VegasInsider.com Gold Membership
2013 NBA SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Chip Chirimbes + 3067
Paul Bovi + 2374
Kevin Rogers + 2090
Last 7 Day Leaders
Handicapper Money
No Games Last 7 Days  
   
   
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Dave Cokin 59 %
Paul Bovi 58 %
Stephen Nover 56 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Paul Bovi + 2013
Michael Black + 1848
Kevin Rogers + 1579
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Stephen Nover + 1320
Kyle Hunter + 1080
Joe Nelson + 993
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 2114
Mike Rose + 1851
Kyle Hunter + 945
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!