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Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Practice Report: Chandler's ankle sore

By Jared Zwerling

Tyson Chandler only went through a partial practice on Tuesday because he was dealing with a sore right ankle.

"He didn't hurt it, but it was a little sore," Mike Woodson said. "He went through our conditioning part at the top of practice and then he's a little sore, so we pulled him out. He's probably getting treatment."

Tyson Chandler
Tyson Chandler
Woodson predicted Chandler will play on Wednesday night against the Raptors. The center hasn't missed a beat all season through different nicks, including the flu and a virus, as he's played in all 49 games. But it will be important for Marcus Camby and Rasheed Wallace to return healthy soon to fill in minutes and add defensive depth to the Knicks' frontcourt. Woodson said recently that Wallace should practice after the All-Star break, while Camby could take a little longer to recover.

At this point, though, Woodson remains satisfied with his team.

"For the most part, we've been pretty good this season in terms of our play," he said. "I'm happy where we sit today in terms of being at the top of our division, and we want to stay there. Tomorrow's an important game. We're playing here at home. The Toronto team has been playing extremely well based on the moves that they made, bringing Rudy Gay over. So we've got to come ready to play a 48-minute ball game."

Amar'e Stoudemire and J.R. Smith reiterated Woodson's optimistic outlook and said the team doesn't need to make any moves before the Feb. 21 trade deadline.

"We're confident with the guys we have," STAT said. "Guys are still recovering from injury. Iman [Shumpert]'s done a phenomenal job recovering from his knee injury. He's playing well; he's doing everything we ask him to do, so we're pretty solid where are are."

On whether they had the right pieces in place, Smith said, "Without a doubt."

MORE MINUTES, NOT A PROBLEM FOR MELO: In 12 of his past 18 games -- and the past three -- Carmelo Anthony has played 40 or more minutes. His season average is just over 38, right along with the NBA's other top five scorers: Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and James Harden.

But even with the increased minutes -- which have been needed with the Knicks still trying to reclaim their early season offensive rhythm -- Melo is feeling fine.

"There's no need for me to be thinking about that," he said. "The more I think about it, the more it starts sinking in that negativity. I don't want to do that. I know I've been playing all year. I feel good though. My body feels good for the most part, and the good thing is I came (into the season) in shape, and that's helping me out right now."

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