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Anthony suffered the injury in the first half of Friday's win over the Magic. He took a jump shot with 8:12 left in the second quarter and subbed out at the 7:59 mark. He did not return.
In the locker room postgame, Anthony said the injury happened when he banged knees earlier in the game with a Magic player.
Said Anthony, "I just felt it start to tighten up. I came back in the second quarter on that three I felt it, then trying to get back on D I felt it. Once I felt like I didn't have the power, it was stiff, I came back to them and said sub me out, I can't go."
Carmelo Anthony has a left knee contusion and is questionable to return. Melo checked out after this play and didn't return for the rest of the half. You can tell he comes up limping on the leg here.
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A contusion, or knee bruise, is not usually a serious injury, with players often missing just a few days while they wait for swelling and soreness to dissipate.
In fact, it is an injury Anthony has endured and recovered from before.
I've had it before, done it before, banged knees with somebody. I didn't want to take the chance with just going out there, we had it rolling, the guys had it rolling, we set the tone early in the game. -- Trail Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony postgame
The Blazers next game is on Monday against New Orleans. Anthony has a few days to heal up and can hopefully hit the court against the Pelicans.