Woody: Tyson, K-Mart will be 'fine'
April, 4, 2013
By Ian Begley | ESPNNewYork.com
Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY SportsMike Woodson said he isn't worried about Kenyon Martin and Tyson Chandler.Mike Woodson didn't delve into specifics regarding his injured big men, but he did say Thursday that he felt "good" about Tyson Chandler and Kenyon Martin.
"I think they're going to be fine. We were cautious with Kenyon last night and came back with Tyson [late in the win over the Hawks]. [We're] trying to keep Tyson's minutes not so heavy until he gets his legs and everything fully back under him," Woodson said Thursday in an interview with ESPN New York 98.7 FM's "The Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco Show." "I feel good about Tyson. I feel good about K-Mart. We've just got to make sure that they're ready when the playoffs start."
There was some uncertainty surrounding the health of Martin and Chandler after the Knicks' win in Atlanta on Wednesday.
Martin was out for the final 10 minutes of the win due to a sore right knee. According to reports, Martin said after the game that he had been battling the injury for a few days and could not say with any certainty if he'd play Friday against Milwaukee.
The Knicks say Martin is questionable for the game.
“I’ll have a day off, get treatment and see how it goes," said Martin, who signed in late February after sitting out the season and has previously had microfracture surgery on both knees. "I got thrown into the fire, it’s like training camp and preseason. But I’m a warrior.’’
Chandler appeared to be in some discomfort during the game due to lingering pain from his neck injury. Chandler recently missed 10 games due to a bulging disk in his neck. Wednesday's game was his second game since returning from the injury. It was also the second game of a back-to-back.
Chandler played 23:31 and had two points and four rebounds. He left the game in the first half, clutching his chest. According to reports, he said after the game that he was stiff due to the neck injury and could not guarantee that he'd be in the lineup Friday against Milwaukee.
"It’s tough trying to look up at the ball for rebounds or lobs," Chandler said. “It’s thrown my timing off. I’m just a little stiff right now. I’m not as mobile. I’m not there. I’m not myself moving around like I normally would."
When asked about playing Friday, Chandler said, “I’ll talk to them. Ultimately I want to do what’s best for the team. Ultimately I want to be 100 percent for the playoffs.’’
Woodson has said that he will not rest his players during the final games of the regular season unless they request it. On Thursday, he said he believed both Chandler and Martin would play before the postseason.
With Rasheed Wallace (broken foot), Kurt Thomas (stress fracture) and Amar'e Stoudemire (knee surgery) sidelined with injury, the Knicks are thin on the front line.
Woodson also has used Marcus Camby sparingly of late, saying he wants to keep the veteran fresh for important situations. The Knicks have won ten straight and will be looking to extend the streak to 11 on Friday against Milwaukee.
Meanwhile, Woodson is still holding out hope that Wallace, Stoudemire and, to a lesser degree, Thomas, can rejoin the team in the playoffs. The Knicks have opted to keep Wallace and Thomas on the roster instead of releasing them and finding a healthy body to fill the roster spot.
"Hopefully we'll get some of these other bigs back toward the latter part that can add to what we've started and see if they can continue to help us," Woodson said.
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