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Carmelo Anthony out for Knicks-Cavaliers

Cleveland Cavaliers v New York Knicks

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 13: Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks tries to get around LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden on November 13, 2015 in New York City.NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the New York Knicks 90-84. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James have been linked their entire NBA careers – as top picks in the 2003 NBA draft, star small forwards and friends.

But they’re splitting paths for tonight’s Knicks-Cavaliers game.

Melo is obviously the big loss, but New York will also miss Kyle O’Quinn, a solid backup.

The Knicks (14-15) are probably overmatched against the Cavaliers (18-7) either way. But with a high effort level, New York at least has a chance, even without its star.