Anthony sits out Game 5 as Nuggets’ season comes to an end
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony
missed Friday night’s Game 5 playoff loss against Minnesota with a sprained
left knee. The Timberwolves won the game 102-91 to take the series 4-1.
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. He watched the game from the bench in street clothes.
The rookie phenom came down on teammate Marcus Camby’s foot in Tuesday’s
loss 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 posted only 15 points
per contest in four playoff games, including a dismal 1-of-16 performance for
just two points in the Game 4 loss.
Minnesota advanced to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in
the franchise’s history.