Nov 28, 2012; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) dribbles the ball as Milwaukee Bucks guard Marquis Daniels (6) defends during the game at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. The Knicks defeated the Bucks 102-88. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Carmelo Anthony game-time decision vs. Heat

While the New York Knicks get ready for a big game in Miami against the defending champion Heat, they may have to go at it without their MVP candidate.

Dec 5, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) catches a wild pass during the game against the Charlotte Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena. Knicks win 100-98. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

Carmelo Anthony told reporters on Thursday that he may not be able to play against the Heat and is officially listed as a game-time decision.

Anthony suffered a laceration on his left middle finger in the fourth quarter of Wednesday night’s game against the Charlotte Bobcats diving into the bench are for a loose ball. The cut required five stitches and may keep ‘Melo in street clothes for a big statement game against LeBron James and company.

The injury is to Anthony’s non-shooting hand and his finger would have to be heavily bandaged to play.

“Right now, it’s numb, so I don’t know,” he told ESPN’s Jared Zwerling.

The Knicks played the last 2:10 on Wednesday without Anthony, who was being treated in the locker room. He reportedly was unaware that J.R. Smith had won the game by hitting a jumper at the buzzer until his jubilant teammates entered the locker room.

If Anthony can’t go tonight, the two teams meet two more times during the regular season, one in each team’s arena.

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