Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks reacts in the fourth quarter against the Toronto Raptors on February 13, 2013 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Toronto Raptors defeated the New York Knicks 92-88. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) — Carmelo Anthony’s All-Star game start could be in jeopardy after he received a deep bruise in his right arm that caused numbness.

Anthony says he wants to play Sunday in Houston but is “not going to force it.”

The New York Knicks forward says, “As bad as I would want to play in the All-Star game, participate, if I can’t go, I can’t go. Nothing I can do about that.”

Anthony was hurt early in the Knicks’ 92-88 loss to Toronto on Wednesday when he tried to step in front of a driving DeMar DeRozan and took an elbow to his biceps. Anthony says it created a contusion and left him battling a “dead arm” throughout the game.

Anthony finished with 12 points on 5-of-24 shooting.

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