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Lakers Vs. Nuggets: Carmelo Anthony Misses Shootaround, Expected To Play

As the Los Angeles Lakers attempt to snap their four-game regular season losing streak in Denver, the Nuggets got some potentially bad news this morning. Carmelo Anthony, he of the on-again, off-again trade rumors, missed the team shootaround this morning, due to personal reasons, according to Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post. However, Anthony is expected to play in tonight's game, according to coach George Karl.

Anthony is averaging 23.5 points per game this season, down from a career-high 28.2 scoring average last season. His field goals percentage (43.5%) and effective field goal percentage (44.9%) are both the worst in six years for Anthony, who will be a free agent after the season. A rumored three-team trade involving over a dozen players and several draft picks was squashed earlier this week when New Jersey Nets' owner Mihkail Prokhorov pulled New Jersey out of the 'Melo sweepstakes.

Anthony had 32 points, on 14-for-25 shooting, and 13 rebounds in the Nuggets' 116-108 win over the Lakers on November 11, which was the Lakers' first loss of the season.

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