Carmelo Anthony ruled out vs. Timberwolves after suffering knee contusion
Anthony has a left knee contusion. He suffered the injury on Friday during the Blazers’ home game versus the Orlando Magic:
Carmelo Anthony (left knee contusion) is out for tonight's game vs. Minnesota
Mario Hezonja (low back pain) is questionable #RipCity
— Jamie Goldberg (@Jamiebgoldberg) December 21, 2019
Anthony has played in 15 games with the Blazers. He’s averaging 16.0 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists while shooting 41.4 percent from the field, 41.7 percent from beyond the arc and 82.2 percent from the free-throw line.
After defeating the Magic, the Blazers are 13-16 on the season. They are in the 8th and final playoff spot in the Western Conference standings.
Portland is 8-7 with Anthony in the lineup. The 10-time All-Star and future Hall of Famer has given the Blazers scoring and rebounding from the small forward spot, something the team was desperate for.
We can’t really judge this Portland team until Jusuf Nurkic comes back. The big man continues to make solid progress in his recovery from the leg injury he suffered against the Brooklyn Nets last March. It’s unclear, though, when Nurkic will play again.
Nurkic had a great regular season in 2018-19 before he got hurt. The 7-footer averaged 15.6 points, 10.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.4 blocks while shooting 50.8 percent from the field and 77.3 percent from the free-throw line. The 25-year-old recorded 36 double-doubles and one triple-double. The Blazers were 45-27 when Nurkic was in the lineup.