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Saturday, April 6, 2013
Notebook: Chandler feels 'way better'

By Jared Zwerling and Ian Begley

In his first two games back from a neck injury, Tyson Chandler had two rebounds and then four. On Friday night, he had 10 boards and afterward, he said he was pain-free.

"Way way better tonight," said Chandler, who also had 6 points and 3 assists. "I didn't have any pain in my neck. Now it's just about getting my wind and my timing back."

Chandler had a big steal in the first quarter, disrupting Monta Ellis' dribble, which led to a Pablo Prigioni fast-break layup. Later in the third quarter, where the Knicks outscored the Bucks 42-21, Chandler tapped back a rebound that led to a Carmelo Anthony jumper.

"He couldn't handle the ball, he was fumbling the ball," Mike Woodson said. "I just think his timing is out of whack right now. But as the game went on, he just started to look like Tyson again. We gave him some serious minutes, too, so that should help a little bit. He might be a little sore tomorrow. We're going to have to get him up to speed as we go down this road."

ARE YOU KIDDING?: The only thing that didn't go right for Jason Kidd was the celebration.

The point guard nailed a 70-footer at the end of the third quarter to give the Knicks a 12-point lead heading into the fourth.

Kidd joked afterward that he wasn't sure how to celebrate the shot.

"I've seen J.R. do his soccer celebration, but I've never seen the end of it. I only knew how to do the guitar, and I got out of the way because I didn't want to embarrass myself," he said.

THOMAS OPTIMISTIC: Kurt Thomas said on Friday that there is a "good chance" that he can return during the playoffs.

"The pain is definitely reduced; I still feel it a little bit. But we're just rehabbing, slowly taking it easy, just trying to eliminate the pain," said Thomas, who suffered a stress reaction in his foot on March 18.

At the time of the injury, the Knicks said Thomas would be out two to four weeks.

"I definitely think I've got a good chance [to come back in the postseason]," he said. "It's all about how the foot heals up. If the bone heals up and I'm able to get out there, I'll give it a go."

SHUMP MEETS KNICKS IDOL: Before the game, Iman Shumpert and the team had a chance to connect up with the 1973 Knicks title team. He was most excited to meet Willis Reed.

"That's the guy that limped his way out the locker room," Shump said. "My father showed me that clip when I was younger, and he always talked about it, but I was such a Bulls fan growing up I never really cared. But when I get drafted to the Knicks, that's like a real big deal to me."

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