Carmelo Anthony’s status is ‘day to day’ after ‘encouraging’ assessment of hamstring injury
Carmelo Anthony’s hamstring injury he suffered in the 111-110 loss to the LA Clippers dealt another blow to the Los Angeles Lakers in an extremely unlucky 2021-22 season.
Anthony has been one of Los Angeles’ most reliable players in the current campaign, impressing with his durability and steady form. Until Thursday’s loss to the Clippers, the 37-year-old had missed just three games – averaging 13.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 26.9 minutes in 49 appearances.
Meanwhile, the other Purple and Gold stars have slipped in and out of rotation throughout the season. LeBron James has already missed 17 games in 2021-22; Anthony Davis has been out for 21 matches.
Hamstring strain caused Anthony to sit out the overtime win over the New York Knicks. But head coach Frank Vogel confirmed earlier reports on the striker’s health, saying the initial assessment exam showed the injury was not serious.
“Melo has been rated,” Vogel said. “We are encouraged by what we have seen tonight, but it will be day to day.”
Another confirmation that Anthony’s injury isn’t too serious is that he was on the floor before the Knicks game to get shot:
Carmelo here shooting. Frank Vogel said earlier that he was hand to mouth. pic.twitter.com/meXeEihDTX
—Daniel Starkand (@DStarkand) February 6, 2022
Anthony was enjoying great form just before he got injured. The veteran sharpshooter scored 24 points to help LA beat the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday and end the Lakers’ three-game losing streak.
Anthony shot 8 for 12 (66.7%) from the field and 5 for 6 (83.3%) from downtown, finishing the night with a team best +15.
Vogel and Davis think Anthony deserves more credit
Anthony has undeniably been a mainstay of the Lakers’ offense this season, providing much-needed firepower as a second-unit leader.
But Davis and Vogel said the experienced striker’s impact on LA goes beyond his contribution to the attacking side.
“He’s been a voice in the locker room, a voice on the floor and the way he’s still able to score the basketball, and the guys try to pick on him in the paint on the defensive side, but the the way he talks and reads defenses where he can kind of manipulate the game, and I think part of his game is underrated,” Davis said.
And Vogel added, speaking after the 99-94 victory over the Trail VBilazers: “LeBron [James] gets a lot of credit for what he does in Year 19 and I don’t think people talk about what Carmelo does in Year 19. It’s really remarkable. He was great tonight, as AD said.
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