Carmelo Anthony played with torn labrum

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Carmelo Anthony played 12 playoff games with a partially torn left shoulder

It looks like there may have been a reason for Carmelo Anthony’s struggles in the playoffs. According to reports, Carmelo Anthony may have been hurt before the playoffs started as he originally hurt his left shoulder April 14th against the Indiana Pacers. The injured shoulder was re-injured during Game 5 of the Knicks first round playoff series against the Boston Celtics.

Via New York Daily News (Frank Isola)

Carmelo Anthony played 12 playoff games with a partially torn left shoulder, the Daily News has learned.

An MRI of Anthony’s shoulder revealed a partially torn labrum, according to a Knicks source and there is a possibility that Anthony may need surgery. The Knicks are hopeful that the injury will heal on its own and the club has told Anthony to rest for the next three to four weeks at which point he will be re-evaluated.

The Daily News reported on Monday that Anthony was scheduled to have his shoulder examined by team doctors after experiencing chronic pain dating back to April 14th when he originally injured his arm against the Indiana Pacers.

If surgery is required for Anthony it could take three to five months for the scoring champion to recover. The ladder end of that recovery time could threaten his availability for the start of Knicks training camp. To Anthony’s credit, he didn’t use the injury as an excuse for his poor shooting percentage during his 12-game playoff run. Melo also said he doesn’t see the injury being anything serious.

“I don’t think it’s any major damage,” Anthony said Monday. “But we’ll see. We’ll find that out.”

Anthony admitted that he was playing with pain since the regular season game against the Pacers.

“It was bothering me since it happened,” Anthony said. “To be able to play with that and get through the pain, it just came a point where you just try not to think about it. That’s where I was at mentally.”

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