New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony asked to come out of Monday's game against Cleveland before he suffered a knee injury in the second quarter that ended his night.
Knicks coach Mike Woodson told ESPN New York 98.7 FM on Tuesday that he erred in leaving Anthony on the floor after the All-Star said he was experiencing knee discomfort.
"Melo was hurt," Woodson said. "For him to ask me to come out of the game before he actually took that spill made me realize that something wasn't right. He's never ever, ever, even hinted about coming out of the game. I play him too much in that regard. Melo's a trooper -- he's a warrior, he's a tough kid."
Anthony injured his left knee with 6:42 left in the second quarter when he stumbled on a fast break near midcourt. He went straight to the locker room and didn't return.
At the time, the Knicks were trailing 52-30 and Anthony had scored six points. New York rallied for a 102-97 win over the Cavaliers.
Woodson shouldered the blame, saying he stubbornly hoped that leaving Anthony in the game would help rally the Knicks.
"Maybe I should have taken him out before he actually stumbled and took the fall," Woodson said. "But again, I'm thinking, 'Hey, he'll play through it. He'll figure it out.' But he was hurt."
The Knicks listed Anthony as questionable for Wednesday night's game against Detroit with a sore knee.
Anthony is the NBA's second-leading scorer this season at 28.2 points per game.