Knicks center Tyson Chandler, who missed 20 games in November and December because of a broken bone in his left leg, was unavailable last night because of an upper respiratory infection. Coach Mike Woodson said Chandler "came down with something" before Sunday's game in Dallas and asked to be replaced only four minutes into the game.
Kenyon Martin started in Chandler's place against Detroit's imposing front line of Josh Smith (6-9), Andre Drummond (6-10) and Greg Monroe (6-11).
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"I did both knees," he said, "because I didn't want to come back off balance and hurt the other knee."
There is no timetable on his return, but he said he expected a quick recovery. "I guess because I'm sexy," he said. "Most sexy people heal fast. It's true. It's a fact. Do your research."
Raymond Felton started at point guard, returning from a groin injury. It was only Felton's second game since Dec. 10.