Knicks' Carmelo Anthony day to day
Ian Begley [ARCHIVE]
Special to ESPNNewYork.com
December 7, 2012
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CHICAGO -- Carmelo Anthony's status for the New York Knicks' game against the Chicago Bulls on Saturday is uncertain due to a laceration on the middle finger of his left hand.

Anthony sat out of the Knicks' stunning 20-point win over Miami on Thursday, a day after receiving five stitches to close the wound.

"He's still day to day," Knicks coach Mike Woodson said on ESPN New York 98.7 FM's "The Stephen A. Smith" Show on Friday. "Melo's not one that likes to sit down and not play so he'll let me know when he's ready. Until then, the beauty of our team is it gives somebody else an opportunity to step up and make plays."

Facing LeBron James and the Heat on Thursday, Raymond Felton hit six of eight 3-pointers and had a team-high 27 points to lift New York (14-4) to the best record in the Eastern Conference.

The Knicks hit 18 3-pointers and had just seven turnovers in the win over Miami, their second 20-point win over the defending champs this season.

Anthony missed the game due to a laceration he suffered on his finger late in the Knicks' win over Charlotte on Wednesday. The Knicks power forward suffered the injury after diving for a loose ball in the stands.

He'd hoped to play against Miami but was ruled out shortly before tipoff after he tested the injury.

Tyson Chandler told reporters after the game that Anthony wanted to suit up, but the center advised him not to.

"Honestly, I figured he wasn't playing," Chandler said. "He kept saying he was all (right) yesterday, but that's adrenaline and that's his pride knowing coming into Miami and wanting to play. But I told him last night to sit out; it's not worth it. That laceration can easily bust back open and then we lose him for even longer."

After the game, Chandler suggested that Anthony shouldn't return until next week.

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

Anthony is averaging 26.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game for New York.

In other injury news, Woodson said Marcus Camby (foot) continues to work his way back from plantar fasciitis.

Camby told reporters in Charlotte he hopes the injury doesn't force him out for an extended period of time.

The veteran forward/center missed the entire preseason with a calf injury and had played sparingly for the Knicks before the plantar fasciitis diagnosis.

"He's been nicked up a little bit but it's (a) long (season)," Woodson said. "If you're trying to get to the Finals you're going to need every piece of the puzzle. ... We've got to just (be) patient and wait until he's ready to go and then I've got to fit him there when I can. That's all I can do as a coach."

Ian Begley is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.

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