Dec. 13, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) gestures on the court as Los Angeles Lakers small forward Metta World Peace (15) follows during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Carmelo Anthony listed as Questionable vs. Cavs

The New York Knicks are playing as well as anyone in the NBA right now, but may have to once again go at it without their MVP candidate Carmelo Anthony Saturday night when the Cleveland Cavaliers visit Madison Square Garden.

Anthony is listed as questionable for Saturday night after spraining his ankle in Thursday night’s win against the Lakers on a play where he was fouled hard by Lakers’ center Dwight Howard and landed very awkwardly on his left leg.

The Knicks announced Anthony’s status Friday afternoon on their day off.

If Anthony can’t play against the 5-19 Cavs, it will be the third game in the past six that he has sat out.

My gut feeling is not to expect to see ‘Melo tonight, especially with Jeremy Lin and the Houston Rockets coming to Madison Square Garden on Monday. Two more days of rest for Anthony’s ankle could do him good and with the way the Knicks are plying, there is no real need to rush him back into the lineup.

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