Knicks president Phil Jackson said Wednesday that Carmelo Anthony (shoulder) will need to take less than a maximum contract to allow the team to have spending flexibility in the future.
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Anthony has said he'd be willing to take less than a five-year, $129 million deal at max in the past, which would obviously put a huge dent in their salary cap and limit their options to build a contender. The Knicks don't have much else to go on besides that and his name will continue to pop up all offseason. Meanwhlie, he'll be reevaluated for his torn labrum in May.
Chris Paul (hamstring) is not expected to practice on Wednesday because of his injured hamstring but it won't affect his status for Game 3 on Thursday.
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If he does practice, coach Doc Rivers said CP3 would not take contact. He's been dealing with his hamstring for much of this series, but it hasn't shown on the court. Paul has created 22.5 points per game off his assists while also scoring 14.5 on his own in 35.5 minutes per game, and he'll continue running the offense. The Warriors will have their hands full on Thursday at home after the Clippers crushed them by 40 on Monday.
Head coach Frank Vogel said on Wednesday that he will continue to play George Hill and C.J. Watson together.
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With the way C.J. Watson has performed this postseason, Frank Vogel said to expect "a lot more" two point guard lineups. Watson is not scoring at huge rate, but his accuracy from beyond the arc, 4-of-6 this series, spaces the floor well and creates driving lanes for George Hill. Hill had his best game of the series in Tuesday's win, scoring 15 points in 33 minutes. With Vogel committed to a two point guard look, Evan Turner and Lance Stephenson may see a decrease in minutes.