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Knicks coach wants Anthony to rest after league hands down 1-game suspension for confrontation

  • Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34) defends as New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) drives to the basket in the first half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)The Associated Press

  • Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett (5) dunks against New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) in the first half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)The Associated Press

  • In this photo taken Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony (7) and Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett, center, exchange words after both received technical fouls as Celtics' Paul Pierce (34) and Knicks' Tyson Chandler look on during the second half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York. Anthony said Tuesday, he lost his cool after Garnett said things to him that he feels shouldn't be said to "another man." (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)The Associated Press

Carmelo Anthony will spend his extra night off getting some extra rest. He's just following the coach's orders.

League officials have suspended Anthony for Thursday night's game at Indiana. Coach Mike Woodson says the team found out about the discipline Wednesday night after arriving in Indy and that he told Anthony to stay at the team hotel during the team's morning shootaround so he could get extra rest.

The punishment follows Monday's postgame confrontation with Boston's Kevin Garnett. The Knicks star has said he was angry about Garnett's choice of words during a fourth-quarter altercation, went toward the Celtics' locker room after the game and later waited for Garnett outside Boston's team bus.

Woodson acknowledged he also will limit Amare Stoudemire's playing time.