Knicks say Anthony doubtful to play Friday night

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GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) -- The New York Knicks say Carmelo Anthony is doubtful for their game against the New Orleans Hornets on Friday night.

Anthony has missed the last five games with a strained right groin. The team had said he was expected to be sidelined a week or two after he was hurt during a Feb. 6 victory over Utah.

The Knicks hoped Anthony would be available to return this weekend. If he doesn't play Friday, their next game is at home Sunday against Dallas.

Anthony leads the Knicks with 22.3 points per game but has missed eight games with injuries.