Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Chandler doubtful for Tuesday
By Ian Begley and Jared Zwerling
The Knicks say starting center Tyson Chandler is doubtful for Tuesday's game against Washington due to a bulging disk in his neck.
"He's sore, man, and there's a chance we'll probably rest him tonight and not play him," Mike Woodson said after Tuesday morning's shootaround. "Kenyon [Martin] is questionable, and if they can't go, [Carmelo Anthony] will have to play the 5 and [Chris] Copeland has to play the 5."
Woodson used Copeland some at center during the Knicks' win over the Thunder on Sunday, and the coach was impressed with his defense -- the main thing he's been working with him on all season.
"He's been solid all year," he said. "I've been on Cope because I want to see him get better all around -- not just scoring the basketball. It's going to help us. We need guys to defend, and it's not always about the offensive end. It's great that he can put the ball in the hole and he's done an excellent job in that area, but I need him to defend like he did the other night."
Regarding Chandler, he recently missed 10 games due to the injury.
He returned to the lineup last week and said he felt pain in his neck after playing his first two games. The All-Star center said after Friday's win over Milwaukee, though, that he was feeling better. He played well in the Knicks' victory over Oklahoma City on Sunday.
The extent of Chandler's discomfort is unknown at this point.
If he sits, the Knicks may be very thin on the frontline against Washington. Kenyon Martin may not play due to a sore left knee, but the veteran forward told reporters Sunday that he'd suit up tonight.
Martin has missed the last two games due to the injury.
Marcus Camby is unavailable due to a left plantar fascia. He has missed the last two games due to the ailment.
Looking ahead to the playoffs, Woodson is not shy about expressing the importance of having more depth at center.
"We've got a nice rotation, but you're going to need big bodies. I don't care how you slice it," he said. "You're going to need some big bodies when you get into the playoffs, and you start playing some of these bigger teams."
Woodson also provided injury updates for Amar'e Stoudemire (right knee debridement) and Rasheed Wallace (broken bone in left foot), saying both are starting to run.
Stoudemire: "Just day to day. He tried the AlterG [Anti-Gravity Treadmill] the other day and he didn't have any setbacks there. He's just continuing to grow and get better, so we've just got to take it a day at a time and hope that he continues to get back in uniform."
Wallace: "We haven't gotten him on the floor in terms of running. He's using the AlterG, so that's a good sign. We'll just continue to monitor him and let him keep progressing. That's all you can do with him at this point. Eventually he'll get back out on the floor and start running -- hopefully next week."