The Pistons might not have to deal with Carmelo Anthony tonight when they face the New York Knicks at the Palace.
The All-Star suffered a right knee injury Monday night in Cleveland. He fell trying to haul in a pass in the first half and is listed as questionable. Anthony recently had an MRI, which came back negative, but he said the knee had been bothering him.
However, the Knicks (36-21) will still have Amare Stoudemire to wreak havoc on the Pistons' interior defense if Anthony is out. The Knicks have beaten the Pistons three times by an average of 17 points per game.
Stoudemire led the Knicks back from a 22-point deficit to beat the Cavaliers, 102-97. He played a season-high 32 minutes and scored 22 points.
"Do you know something I don't know, because first of all, we don't know if he's going to be out," Pistons assistant coach Brian Hill said Tuesday of Anthony. "When I saw him walk off the floor the other night, I got the impression he'd probably be able to play with a day's rest. When we prepare, we prepare as if he's going to play. ... Obviously if he's not on the floor, they're a different team.''
The Pistons have been a different team since trading Tayshaun Prince on Jan. 30 and losing Andre Drummond to a back problem in early February.
"These guys haven't quit, and they continue to work hard," Hill said. "You can point at Tayshaun being traded and Andre being out. We worked a lot on transition defense today, and that was the big thing against San Antonio."
Pistons may face Knicks without Carmelo Anthony tonight
Detroit Free Press | Mar 6