Chandler probable for Sixers game

November, 3, 2012
11/03/12
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GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Tyson Chandler missed practice with flu-like symptoms, and the Knicks are listing him as probable for the Sixers game Sunday afternoon.

"We'll see how he feels tomorrow morning when he comes to the gym, if he makes it," coach Mike Woodson said Saturday.

Chandler had flu-like symptoms before the start of the last season's playoff series against the Heat, but he returned in time for Game 1.

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Looking ahead to Sunday, Woodson said he'll consider playing Marcus Camby, who he said is "fine," but he's cautious because of the limited contact the backup center has had since returning to the court after a left calf strain.

"We'll see," Woody said. "I just hate to throw guys out that haven't had some contact. Next week, we've got three or four days before we play again, so that will give him an opportunity to get in there and bang around a little bit."

On the opposing side, Philly's centers, Andrew Bynum and Kwame Brown, have been battling injuries. It's likely the Knicks will see another smaller lineup, featuring Jrue Holiday, Jason Richardson, Evan Turner, Lavoy Allen and Thaddeus Young.

While Woodson wouldn't confirm his lineup, expect to see the same Knicks starting five from Friday night: Raymond Felton, Jason Kidd, Ronnie Brewer, Carmelo Anthony and Chandler.

If Chandler can't go, Kurt Thomas could get the nod, but on defense, Anthony would likely guard the mobile, versatile Young, and Thomas would match up with the bigger, stronger Allen.

The Knicks' biggest concern is the ultra long and athletic Young, who gave them problems last year and during the preseason. His motor is non-stop and he can do a little bit of everything all over the court.

"They're long and rangy, they're athletic, they switch things," Woodson said. "Doug (Collins) has taught them great defensive positioning on the floor, and when there's a breakdown they help, and that's what good defensive teams are supposed to do. That's why they're competing at a high level, and we have to have that same thought process when you're talking about defending and rebounding the basketball."

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POINTS
Carmelo Anthony
PTS AST STL MIN
27.4 3.1 1.2 38.7
OTHER LEADERS
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AssistsP. Prigioni 3.5
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BlocksA. Bargnani 1.2