Nuggets in big trouble without Anthony
(Sports Network) – The Denver Nuggets will be without star forward Carmelo
Anthony for 15 games. The Syracuse product received the lengthy suspension for
his role in Saturday’s brawl during the game against the New York Knicks.
On Saturday, ten players, including the NBA’s scoring leader Anthony, were
ejected from the Nuggets’ 123-100 win over the Knicks late in the fourth
quarter at Madison Square Garden.
The Nuggets had the game in hand and were headed towards victory late in the
fourth quarter. However, Denver head coach George Karl still had some of his
starters on the court, including Anthony, while New York had its reserves on
the court to finish out the contest.
With Denver leading 119-100, New York rookie Mardy Collins committed a hard
flagrant foul against J.R. Smith on a breakaway layup with about 1:15 left in
the contest. Chaos then broke out.
Smith and Knicks guard Nate Robinson started to wrestle and both went onto the
ground. Anthony lost his cool and blindsided Collins with a punch that seemed
to knock the rookie to the ground. Knicks forward Jared Jeffries went after
Anthony, who backpedaled towards his bench and away from Jeffries.
All 10 players who were on the court were ejected from the contest.
NBA Commissioner David Stern handed down suspensions on Monday. Anthony got
the most amount of games, while Robinson and Smith were both suspended for 10
games, Collins got six, Jeffries received four and Nene and Jerome James both
were suspended for one game.
The Knicks and Nuggets were both fined $500,000 for the incident.
Anthony, who is averaging 31.6 points per game, has scored more
than 20 points in 20 of 22 games this season. The Syracuse product has netted
30 or more in 16 contests.
Denver, which begins a five-game homestand on Monday, is 6-4 at home this
season. The Nuggets will also host Phoenix, Sacramento, Boston and Seattle on
the current stand.
The Nuggets are 13-9 and trail the first place Utah Jazz by four games in the
Northwest Division. Denver is scheduled to play the Jazz without Anthony on
January 6, 2007 at the Pepsi Center.