And did they ever.
Despite miss after miss, the team kept going to Anthony, who scored just 12 points on a dismal five-of-24 from the field – including one-of-four from the stripe and one-of-six from the arc.
To his credit, Anthony had a valid reason for the off-shooting night, from Ian Begley of ESPN New York: “Carmelo Anthony said a “deep” right arm contusion he suffered on Wednesday night may sideline him for Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game. The New York Knicks forward suffered the injury early in the first quarter of the Knicks’ 92-88 loss to Toronto when DeMar DeRozan elbowed him in the arm on a drive. Anthony said he felt numbness throughout the game and called the contusion “kind of deep.” If he feels discomfort leading up to Sunday evening’s game, Anthony said he would sit out rather than risk further injury. “I’m not going to force it, definitely not going to force it,” Anthony said. “As bad as I would want to play in the All-Star Game, participate, if I can’t go, I can’t go. Nothing I can do about that.”