Blazers’ Carmelo Anthony doesn’t think his knee injury will be a long-term issue
Anthony spoke to reporters on Friday, initially saying he had actually hoped to play in Saturday’s game and that he does not see the contusion as a long-term issue
“Everything is good,” Anthony said. “It was just a knee-to-knee contusion.”
“I’ll come in the gym early and see how it feels,” Anthony said. “I intend to play.”
Even though Anthony ended up being held out, it appears he should be active in short order. He initially suffered the injury banging knees with Nikola Vucevic or Aaron Gordon during Portland’s game against the Orlando Magic on Friday night, and he did not return after asking to be subbed out in the second quarter.
The Blazers have an off day on Sunday before they face the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday, giving Anthony another full day of recovery.
The veteran has been instrumental in solidifying Portland’s frontcourt while also giving the Blazers another scoring option to complement Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum.
Anthony is averaging an even 16 points and 6.2 rebounds per game while shooting over 41 percent from beyond the arc. He is also averaging a surprising 1.3 steals per game and has seemingly been more energized having been given a guaranteed contract for the rest of the season.
Portland has now won four straight after defeating the Timberwolves, putting them back in the playoff picture. The Blazers will hope Carmelo Anthony is ready to go on Monday night.