Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Chandler's left wrist still hurting
By Ian Begley
Tyson Chandler got plenty of rest over the All-Star break. But the time off didn't do much to heal his injured left wrist.
Chandler said on Tuesday that his left wrist is still "sore." He will see a doctor to determine the next step in treatment for the injury. The seven-foot center did not rule out the possibility that he may miss a game or two to let the injury heal.
"I thought the break would do me some good and help me heal a little bit, but coming back today in practice and just trying to catch the ball and everything, it's still difficult," Chandler said.
Chandler originally suffered the injury Feb. 19 against Dallas. He took a hard fall in the second half and injured his back on impact and his wrists as he tried to brace himself.
Chandler underwent X-rays after the game. Results were negative. So he returned to the court the next night against New Jersey, playing 33 minutes. He played 34 and 35 in the two games prior to the break, against Atlanta and Miami, respectively.
Chandler said that he struggled to grasp the ball and make outlet passes during those games, but he hoped that the pain would subside during the break.
Unfortunately for the Knicks (17-18), that didn't happen.
Now, Chandler is contemplating the possibility of sitting out games to let the injury heal.
"The good thing is we only have Wednesday’s game and then we have a couple of days. I'll just monitor it. If I feel like it's doing more harm than good, then maybe we'll discuss it," Chanlder said.
Mike D'Antoni hopes that Chandler doesn't have to miss games.
"He'll be fine. He can rest in the summertime," D'Antoni said.
It's no mystery as to why D'Antoni would want Chandler in the lineup. He's been an anchor for the Knicks' defense and has finished around the rim nicely, particularly since Jeremy Lin took over the offense.
Chandler enters Wednesday's game against Cleveland averaging 11.7 points and 9.5 rebounds through 35 games and is a chief reason the Knicks rank seventh in defensive efficiency, up from 21st last season.