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               === Knicks hope to have 'Melo against Pistons ===
 
 (Sports  Network) -  The New York Knicks overcame an injury to Carmelo Anthony
 and  an incredible  first-half shooting performance by the Cleveland Cavaliers
 on  Monday, but they  may not be as fortunate on Wednesday when they visit the
 Detroit Pistons.
 
 Antony  left Monday's win over the Cavs in the second quarter after he tripped
 over  his own feet  and fell to the ground. His knee bent awkwardly and he got
 up immediately under his own power, but went straight to the locker room.
 
 "Just  sore --  not pain -- sore  and stiffness," Anthony said after the game.
 "They  did  manual tests, like ligament  tests and there's no problems. It was
 just  real  tight, real sore in  the back. I  didn't really have the control I
 wanted to in that leg tonight."
 
 Anthony will be evaluated again and his status for Wednesday is questionable.
 
 The  Cavs shot  over 68  percent from  the field  in the  first half  and when
 Anthony left the game, the Knicks were down 22.
 
 "I was about ready to leave the arena," head coach Mike Woodson joked.
 
 They  started the third  quarter on a 10-0 run and won the second half, 53-36.
 Amare  Stoudemire was  the key  to the  comeback with  a season  best-tying 22
 points.  After  playing very little in  the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss to
 the Miami Heat, Stoudemire actually played almost 32 minutes. He's supposed to
 be restricted to 30 minutes to protect his knees.
 
 "I  was  trying to keep it  right there," Woodson said of Stoudemire's minutes
 restriction.  "He stepped up,  played big and I played him the minutes. He's a
 big piece to the puzzle."
 
 The  Pistons  have lost  two straight,  both on the  road, although their home
 losing streak is at three.
 
 Last  time out on Sunday, the Pistons were decimated by the San Antonio Spurs,
 114-75, and were dominated in almost every conceivable way.
 
 The  Spurs shot  50.6 percent from the  field to 32.6 percent for the Pistons.
 San  Antonio  made 45 percent of  its 3-pointers, Detroit only 31 percent. The
 Spurs  had  11 turnovers, the Pistons  19. Detroit lost the rebounding battle,
 49-46.
 
 Greg Monroe paced the Pistons with 16 points and Jose Calderon added 14. Jonas
 Jerebko and Charlie Villanueva had 10 points apiece for Detroit and Villanueva
 also pulled down 10 rebounds.
 
 The  Pistons  are all but  mathematically out of the  playoff hunt with just a
 quarter  of the season remaining. That doesn't mean they relax since there are
 lessons to be learned.
 
 "We  have  to really, really  be committed because  it only gets harder," said
 head  coach  Lawrence Frank.  "Not our  motivation, but  the other teams we're
 playing  are vying  for things. They ain't  messing around and we have to come
 with that same mentality. If we ever want to be a playoff team, you can't wait
 to adopt that mentality."
 
 The Pistons have a home game against the Dallas Mavericks on Friday, then head
 west for four straight.
 
 The Knicks will go for the four-game season sweep of the Pistons on Wednesday.
 They  have taken six straight, 10 of 11 and four of the past six at The Palace
 of Auburn Hills.
 
 03/06 10:46:39 ET