Melo out with fractured finger

carmelo anthony injured

Denver NuggetsCarmelo Anthony will miss at least three weeks of hardcourt action after breaking a bone in his shooting hand in a victory over the Indiana Pacers on Monday night.

Anthony injured his hand when the ball was tapped away early in the third quarter. He persisted on playing, but frequently grabbed at his hand. He had the Nuggets’ trainer check it a few times and left for good late in the fourth quarter.

The two-time NBA all-star won’t require surgery but will be fitted with a splint.

“The next couple of weeks, I’m just going to get some rest, some treatment,” Anthony told the Denver Post. “The good news is I didn’t have to get no surgery on it. So, hopefully the healing process will be a lot quicker.”

Anthony is averaging 21.1 points and 7.3 rebounds for the Nuggets, who are currently leading the Northwest Division. They were hoping to add to their division lead with a favorable schedule this month.

“I don’t want nobody to feel bad for me,” Anthony added. “Injuries happen in this sport. I’m going to make this time the best time that I can just by rehabbing and continuing where I left off at.”

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