Knicks SF Carmelo Anthony’s shoulder feels ‘pretty good’

A day after saying that his ailing left shoulder was popping in and out during the New York Knicks’ Game 6 win over the Boston Celtics, small forward Carmelo Anthony told reporters – including Jared Zwerling of ESPN New York – that he “felt pretty good” and would be ready for the team’s second-round opener against the Indiana Pacers.

"I ain't dead. I'm here," he said. "I'll be ready to rock at 3:30. ... The only time I really feel it is when I extend it hard, get yanked on it -- something like that. Other than that, I try not to think about it."

While some thought Anthony was referring to a dislocation when he talked of his left shoulder popping in and out, he confirmed yesterday that this wasn’t the case.

"No dislocation," he said. "It moves depending on how like yesterday he hit me from behind, and it like jerked forward and went back in. But it's not dislocated."

Anthony sustained the injury during Game 5 of the Celtics’ series when he got tangled up with Kevin Garnett. The shoulder figures to be a target for the Pacers, who are known for their physical style of play. It will be interesting to see how Anthony holds up in Round 2.

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