Much has been made of Carmelo Anthony’s confrontation with Kevin Garnett on Monday’s loss to the Boston Celtics. An on-court battle with pushing, shoving, double technicals, a locker room hallway altercation after the buzzer, and even some exchanged words at the Celtics’ team bus after the game. The NBA laid down the law today, handing Anthony a one-game suspension for his actions.
Anthony will miss his seventh game of the season, though for the first time, not because of injury. With all of the hullabaloo made over the altercation(s) over the past two days, it’s not surprising that the NBA suspended Anthony. Though no physical harm was actually done, the intentions and projections were pretty clear; Anthony was upset. The NBA has been strict and unwavering in its punishment of any types of altercations in the past – especially when it leaves the court – so Anthony surely got what he had coming to him.
In the meantime, the Knicks will have to face a red hot Indiana Pacers team that has been especially stingy on the defensive end. Normally, this could be an opportunity to let Amar’e Stoudemire spin as the main feature in the Knicks’ offense, but even today, Mike Woodson said Stoudemire’s minutes will be limited because of his extended play on Monday’s game.
J.R. Smith will likely see a boatload of minutes, but with no other truly dominant, self-capable scorers, the Knicks may really have a hard time getting the ball in the basket against the Pacers.
The question still remains, especially no with an impact on the team: were Anthony’s actions justified, or did he take it too far? It would seem this question could largely be determined by the outcome of the game on Thursday night.