Dec 21, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) shoots a free throw during the fourth quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies at Madison Square Garden. Memphis Grizzlies won 95-87. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

NBA injury: New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony leaves with a sprained ankle

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony left during the third quarter of Monday night’s game against the Orlando Magic. The Knicks confirmed that Anthony has a sprained left ankle and will not return to the game.

Anthony was in the middle of an excellent game. He had 19 points on seven-of-14 shooting, grabbed three rebounds and had two assists in just 24 minutes.

This is terrible timing for the Knicks. Not only are the off to a disaster of a start at 8-18, but they have been killed by injuries. Center Tyson Chandler and point guard Raymond Felton, who returned to action tonight after missing six games, are back in the lineup, but the Knicks found out they could be without Metta World Peace for an extended period of time because he is undergoing a PRP blood spinning procedure on his knee on January 6. Kenyon Martin remains out with a strained abdominal and the Knicks will be without Pablo Prigioni for a few weeks because of a hairline fracture in his right big toe.

The Knicks will next take the court on Christmas day when they host the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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