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Carmelo is 50-50 to play in Game 5

The Denver Post

DENVER -- As if coming back from a 3-1 series deficit wasn't hard enough, Denver Nuggets rookie Carmelo Anthony guessed he has a "50-50" shot of playing Friday in Game 5 of his team's first-round Western Conference series with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

A magnetic resonance imaging test Wednesday revealed a mild sprain of his left knee. Anthony sustained the injury Tuesday night after bumping with teammate Marcus Camby while grabbing a rebound and then landing awkwardly on his left leg in the third quarter of Denver's 84-82 loss to the Timberwolves.

"I came down and I was surprised I didn't break my ankle. ... I thought I was done," said Anthony, who guessed he has not missed a game since he was in 10th grade. Anthony attempted to return but sat out the final seven minutes.

Nuggets coach Jeff Bzdelik said the team would err on the side of caution on the decision to play its star rookie.

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If Anthony cannot play, Bzdelik said the Nuggets would likely go with a three-guard lineup that includes Jon Barry.

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