New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony had to sit out the final quarter of his side’s 103-98 win over the Orlando Magic on Monday as the forward sprained his left ankle.
Knicks teammate Raymond Felton, who was making his first appearance since December 11, was also forced off in the later stages of the game through injury.
Both players could now miss the Knicks’ next fixture against Oklahoma City Thunder, which takes place at Madison Square Garden on Christmas Day.
Point guard Felton said on his injury: "We can't catch a break, man. Just can't catch a break."
Knicks head coach Mike Woodson will be keen to get both Anthony and Felton back in time for their doubleheader against the Toronto Raptors on December 27 and 28 – if they cannot make the Oklahoma City fixture.
Woodson was particularly upset at the way his team capitulated when Anthony was taken off.
The Knicks were 72-52 up when Anthony was on the court but were outscored by the Magic when their star player could not play on.
Anthony said after the game that he was desperate to plan on Christmas Day - but was not sure if he would be able shrug off his minor injury.