Anthony sprained his right ankle and his left wrist Thursday in Memphis, then sat out Saturday’s game in Oklahoma City. The Knicks lost both games by double digits.
Anthony participated in a team walk-through Sunday and afterward told reporters that he would try to play on Monday, when the Knicks host the in a matinee. Officially, the Knicks are calling Anthony questionable.
Anthony ran on an underwater treadmill Sunday and planned to run on the court later in the day, according to a team spokesman. If he has no setbacks, he will test the ankle again Monday morning before seeking clearance to play.
The Knicks could also be welcoming Baron Davis to the lineup soon. Davis has increased his activity in recent days and may begin practicing as soon as next week, Coach Mike D’Antoni told reporters. Davis, who signed with the Knicks in December, has been rehabilitating a herniated disk for several months.
The Knicks (6-6) had won four straight games before Anthony limped away last week. But three of those victories came against teams with losing records, and they have struggled to beat the league’s top teams. They are 2-3 against teams that made the playoffs last season.
The Magic are 8-3, despite the uncertainty surrounding their star center, Dwight Howard, who has requested a trade.
The Knicks’ progress has been slowed by roster turnover and by injuries to Anthony, Amar’e Stoudemire and Iman Shumpert. They have started three players at point guard, going from Toney Douglas to Shumpert to Mike Bibby. D’Antoni is undecided on who will start against the Magic.
Eventually, Davis is expected to take over the point-guard duties, which should smooth out the offense and, in effect, give the Knicks a deeper bench, with Shumpert or Landry Fields moving to a backup role.