March 1, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) shoots the ball against the Washington Wizards in the first quarter at Verizon Center. The Knicks won 96-88. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Carmelo Anthony listed as questionable vs. Utah Jazz

The New York Knicks will attempt to get back on the winning track Saturday against the Utah Jazz.

Whether or not they do so with the services of Carmelo Anthony is another story altogether.

Mar 4, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) drives between Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard C.J. Miles (0) and power forward Tristan Thompson (13) in the second quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

The Knicks are listing ‘Melo as questionable Saturday night against the Utah Jazz, as they play the second game of what is a brutal seven-game stretch in which six of the Knicks seven opponents are currently playoff teams.

Anthony injured the knee Monday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers when he appeared to trip over his own feet. He went straight to the locker room and never returned. “Melo also sat out Wednesday’s game against the Detroit Pistons and Thursday’s tough loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Coach Mike Woodson said (via ESPN’s Ian Begley) that Anthony did not have any further tests on the knee Thursday and called his status day to day. Anthony received treatment from the team’s medical staff both before and during the Thunder game.

Anthony said on Monday that his knee had been bothering him in recent days. An MRI taken recently revealed no structural damage, but he had felt tightness in the back of the knee, which makes this a rather mysterious knee injury.

If Anthony can’t go, Kurt Thomas will likely get the start and play five minutes before yielding way to Amar’e Stoudemire.

If he can go, I would expect Woodson to start limiting Anthony to about 33-35 minutes per night.

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