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Melo Tweaks Knee, Says He's 'Getting Closer' To Shutting It Down

MIAMI (CBSNewYork/AP) -- New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony says he's "getting closer to that point" where he'll need to be shut down due to a recurring knee issue.

Anthony left in the fourth quarter against the Miami Heat on Monday to get his left knee re-taped, the team said, but never returned — and in the locker room afterward, showed signs of frustration.

"It's the same thing," said Anthony, who has missed 12 games already — and there's been speculation that with the Knicks out of the playoff picture this season, he will get shut down well before game No. 82. "It's very sore at this point."

Anthony said he's taking things day by day.

"I'm restricted," said Anthony, who scored 26 points in the 109-95 loss. "I'm not getting that power, that bounce. And then to do something like I did today, I think I'm getting closer to that point. I think due to the lack of movement, the lack of explosiveness I have right now, I'm just trying to compensate and try to figure it out as it goes along."

According to ESPN, Anthony replied "maybe" when asked if he would have had surgery on the knee by now if not for the All-Star Game. He was voted in as a starter for Sunday's marquee event at Madison Square Garden.

"I'm not thinking about the All-Star at this point," he said. "As long as I can go to Orlando (on Tuesday) and kind of don't feel nothing or no soreness, I'll see what happens. It's frustrating, not being able to be yourself and fighting through it."

Monday's loss dropped the Knicks to a league-worst 10-42.

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