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Anthony's shoulder 'popped in and out'

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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony told reporters after his team eliminated the Boston Celtics from the Eastern Conference playoffs on Friday that his sore left shoulder "popped in and out."

"It's a little sore," he said after the Knicks' 88-80 victory in Boston. "The more I get beat up, the sorer it gets."

Anthony's re-injury occured during a collision with Celtics guard Avery Bradley in the fourth quarter.

"It was a little sore throughout the whole game," Anthony said. "Then when Bradley came and hit my shoulder from behind, it really just kind of popped in and out a little bit. But I'm fine."

His playing status for Sunday's second-round opener against the visiting Indiana Pacers does not appear to be in doubt.

Anthony had 21 points, seven rebounds and five assists in 40 minutes on Friday.

He originally injured his shoulder against the Pacers late in the regular season and aggravated it during Game 5 when Celtics forward Kevin Garnett pulled on it.

The Knicks will likely be without forward Amar'e Stoudemire and guard Steve Novak on Sunday. Stoudemire, who is recovering from right knee surgery, could play sometime during the series. Novak missed Friday's game with back spasms.
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