Here are a few things to keep an eye on during Wednesday night's Knicks-Bucks game:
Tyson's back: Tyson Chandler will take the court on Wednesday against Milwaukee after a six-week absence.
The Knicks' season has fallen apart without Chandler, who suffered a fractured right fibula on Nov. 5.
The Knicks suffered through a nine-game losing streak during Chandler's absence and recently suffered embarrassing losses to the Celtics (by 41 points) and, more recently, the Wizards. The one-point loss to Washington featured a bad defensive breakdown on the Wiz's final defensive possession and Mike Woodson's failure to call a timeout when the Knicks had the ball and six seconds to play.
The Knicks hope a healthy Chandler can help them dig out of their 7-17 hole.
With Chandler on the floor, the Knicks have held teams to 92 points per 100 possessions. Without Chandler on the court, New York allows 106.7 points per 100 possessions.
The Knicks' defensive rating with Chandler on the court would be the best in the NBA. The rating without Chandler would be 29th.
What's the point? With Raymond Felton (hamstring) and Pablo Prigioni (broken toe) out for at least two weeks, the Knicks will turn to Beno Udrih to run the show. Udrih will get his first start Wednesday night against Milwaukee. Seldom-used rookie Toure' Murry will back up Udrih. Woodson says Iman Shumpert could also play some point guard. New York also called Chris Smith, J.R.'s younger brother, up from its D-League affiliate, the Erie BayHawks, to improve its point guard depth.
Bucks are bad: The last time the Knicks were above .500, it was after their season-opening win over Milwaukee. Since then, things have gone sideways for New York. But they've been even worse for Milwaukee (5-19), which is one of two teams in the Eastern Conference with a lower winning percentage than New York.
Milwaukee has endured an 11-game losing streak and will enter play Wednesday on a three-game skid.
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