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Carmelo Anthony out vs. Heat on Thursday night

New York Knicks' Anthony controls a rebound in front of Brooklyn Nets' Wallace during their NBA basketball game in New York

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) controls a rebound in front of Brooklyn Nets forward Gerald Wallace (45) in the third quarter of their NBA basketball game in New York November 26, 2012. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)


Well, I got this one wrong.

Mike Woodson said the decision would be Carmelo Anthony’s — if he said he could play Thursday night against the Heat, he would play.

But he is out, tweets Brian Windhorst of ESPN (and confirmed by other tweets from the arena).

Carmelo Anthony will not play for Knicks vs. Heat with injured finger. Tried warming up, couldn’t use left hand well.

— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) December 7, 2012

Anthony cut middle finger on his left hand, his non-shooting hand, diving into the stands after a ball on Wednesday night in a win over the Bobcats. He needed five stitches to close the cut.

It was thought he would play through it for this big game — against the Heat on national television against LeBron James and Dwyane Wade — but apparently it was bothering him too much, he couldn’t have the control of the ball he wanted. He is on the sidelines in a suit with his finger taped up.