Carmelo Anthony playing with a sore shoulder

Carmelo Anthony, who is battling a sore left shoulder, was asked yesterday yesterday if he will play in Game 1 today against the Pacers.

“I ain’t dead. I’m here,” he said. “I’ll be ready to rock at 3:30.”

Anthony said he can play and denies that his shoulder is coming out of its socket, but the injury remains troubling for the Knicks. In each of the last two games, Anthony has aggravated the shoulder — getting tangled with Kevin Garnett in Game 5 and getting bumped into by Avery Bradley in Game 6.

Coach Mike Woodson said he is a bit worried, but is confident Anthony will play.

“There is some concern there, but if Melo tells me he can play, I’m all for Melo,” Woodson said. “If it’s bothering him, we may have to rest him if that may be the case, but he hasn’t come to me.”

– Reported by Mark Hale of the New York Post