Dec 2, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) drives around Phoenix Suns shooting guard P.J. Tucker (17) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Knicks won 106-99. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Should Carmelo Anthony Play vs. Bulls?

The New York Knicks survived the Miami Heat without the services of MVP candidate Carmelo Anthony, now they have to decide if ‘Melo will return to the lineup Saturday night against the Chicago Bulls.

Dec 6, 2012; Miami FL, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) warms up before a game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Anthony is officially listed by the Knicks as questionable for Saturday night’s game after requiring five stitches to his finger after cutting it late in the fourth quarter Wednesday night against the Charlotte Bobcats.

Everyone knows ‘Melo wants to be out there, but if there is any doubt, should he give it a go?

Center Tyson Chandler thinks not.

Chandler believes it’s more important to have Anthony healthy for the long run than it is to have him in uniform for a road game in early December.

“It’s just important that he gets some scar tissue before he comes back,” Chandler said to ESPN’s Ian Begley. “I think he shouldn’t come back until we get back to New York. But we’ll see how his finger heals.”

The injury is on his non-shooting hand, but you can be sure it’s bothering him; otherwise you know for sure he would have been out there against Miami.

This is not a toughness issue. It’s a being smart issue.

That’s why if Anthony is in any discomfort at all, he should be sitting this one out and maybe Sunday against Denver as well.

I understand that the Knicks are trying to win their division and gain home-court advantage in the playoffs, so every game counts, but rushing Anthony onto the floor Saturday would be a mistake.  If somehow things get worse and ‘Melo goes down for an extended period of time, the Knicks will have much bigger things to worry about than losing one game in mid-December.

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