Knicks’ Anthony won’t play vs. Heat

Carmelo Anthony will not play in the New York Knicks’ game

against the Miami Heat on Thursday night, one day after getting

five stitches in the middle finger of his left hand.

Anthony had been listed as a game-time decision. The Knicks

released a lineup about 30 minutes before game time saying Anthony

would start, then announced the change minutes later.

Kurt Thomas was switched into the lineup in Anthony’s place.

The Heat also had an injury-related lineup decision. Point guard

Mario Chalmers was back in the starting lineup despite injuring a

finger on his left hand in Tuesday’s loss at Washington. Udonis

Haslem was listed as the starter at power forward, though Shane

Battier (knee sprain) was back on the active roster.