Friday , Apr , 30 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Nuggets expected to be without Anthony for Game 5

Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony is
expected to miss Friday night’s Game 5 playoff game against Minnesota with a
sprained left knee.

Anthony, who injured the knee during the third quarter of the Timberwolves’
84-82 win in Game 4, made the decision this morning after the team’s
shootaround.

The rookie phenom came down on teammate Marcus Camby’s foot and twisted his
knee. He did return later in the contest, but sat out the last seven minutes
after the knee tightened up.

Anthony, who finished second in the Rookie of the Year balloting behind
Cleveland’s LeBron James, averaged 21.0 points and 6.1 rebounds per game
during the regular season. However, the Syracuse product has posted only 15
points per contest in the four playoff games, including a dismal 1-of-16
performance for just two points in Tuesday’s loss.

Minnesota leads the best-of-seven series 3-1 and can advance to the second
round for the first time in the franchise’s history with a win.

DEN