Carmelo Anthony's All-Star game start could be in jeopardy after he received a deep bruise in his right arm Wednesday that caused numbness.
Anthony says he wants to play Sunday in Houston but is "not going to force it."
"As bad as I would want to play in the All-Star game, participate, if I can't go, I can't go. Nothing I can do about that," said the New York Knicks forward.
Anthony was hurt early in the Knicks' 92-88 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday when he tried to step in front of a driving DeMar DeRozan and took an elbow to his biceps. Anthony says it created a contusion and left him battling a "dead arm" throughout the game.
Anthony finished with 12 points on 5-of-24 shooting.
Reserve Alan Anderson scored 26 points in one of the few good offensive performances for either team for the Raptors fourth straight victory.
DeMar DeRozan added 20 points for the Raptors, who overcame a 4-for-21 performance from Rudy Gay.
Based on reporting by The Associated Press.