The Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks are getting together on Tuesday night for Game 81 of the season, with next to nothing at stake, with the Knicks our of the playoffs and the Nets trying to win one of the next two games in order to lock in the 5th seed in the East.
With that, it's expected that Carmelo Anthony may not play, due in part to his shoulder injury and also because this game is meaningless for the Knicks and, well, there's no need to play him.
Knicks say Carmelo Anthony is questionable for tonight's game b/c of his shoulder.— Scott Cacciola (@ScottCacciola) April 15, 2014
Woodson said Carmelo probably won't play tonight. Amar'e is a game-time decision. It's up to Amar'e if he wants to play.— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) April 15, 2014
Woodson said he probably will shut down Melo for the last two games.— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) April 15, 2014
So, now it seems as if Anthony won't play. On the other side of the ball, the Nets have already announced that Shaun Livingston (toe) and Alan Anderson (abdominal) are both out, again, along with Mirza Teletovic.
Livingston and Anderson will both sit out again tonight.— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) April 15, 2014
Also out tonight is Teletovic (personal). Pierce (shoulder), Williams (knee), Johnson (calf) are gametime decisions.— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) April 15, 2014
What's so personal about Mirza's reason for missing the game. Bosnian media reports he and his wife, Maja, are expecting their third child today!
As of now, those are the only three players Jason Kidd has officially ruled out for Tuesday night's game. Again, the Nets do need a win over the next two games -- they play the Cavaliers on Wednesday night in Cleveland -- in order to clinch the 5th seed. Or, they need the Washington Wizards to lose a game.
- Carmelo Anthony is probably out against the Nets - Seth Rosenthal - Posting and Toasting