The New York Knicks fell to their fifth consecutive loss on Sunday night as the Denver Nuggets left Maddison Square Gardens with a 101-96 win.
Carmelo Anthony returned to start for the Knicks after sitting out Friday night's game with the Memphis Grizzlies. The 13-year veteran finished with 21 points, seven assists and four rebounds but shot just 36 percent from the field.
Anthony is shooting just 33 percent in his past five games and has struggled with left knee soreness as he continues the long process of recovering from surgery in 2015.
Melo had an MRI scan to rule out the possibility of structural damage and was told by specialists the discomfort is to be expected.
Anthony has missed three of the Knicks previous eight games and plans to use the build-up to All-Star weekend as a chance to rest up, although, he still expects to play in Toronto.
The 2003 third pick by the Denver Nuggets will be playing in his ninth All-Star game, but admits the problem is causing issues with his shooting technique and he doesn't expect it to disappear anytime soon.
As per ESPN, the 31-year-old said: "It's not going to heal in a week or a couple days or two weeks.I can feel it when I'm out there, as far as the rhythm, mechanically shooting the ball. It's not aligned
"I can feel it when I'm out there, as far as the rhythm, mechanically shooting the ball. It's not aligned for me right now. I got to find that alignment and just keep working at it."