Chandler hurts both wrists, tailbone

Tyson Chandler of the New York Knicks attempts

Tyson Chandler of the New York Knicks attempts a shot against Brendan Haywood of the Dallas Mavericks. (Feb. 19, 2012) (Credit: Jim McIsaac)

Tyson Chandler felt great about how the Knicks competed Sunday and their prospects for being a contender, but he felt awful physically.

Chandler twice came down hard in the Knicks' 104-97 win over the Mavericks and left the Garden with both wrists and his tailbone in pain. Chandler said his left wrist and his back were bothering him the most. X-rays of the wrists and back were negative. He will be re-evaluated before Monday night's game against the Nets.

"This is the worst I've felt all season," Chandler said. "You always know more in the morning."

This was Chandler's first game against the team he helped win the NBA championship last season.

Chandler, the Knicks' defensive anchor, had a strong game, finishing with 14 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks. He said he took personal satisfaction in the win, but more so in how good he thinks the Knicks can be.

"I'm loving the fact that I feel the team I'm on right now can really contend," Chandler said. "We're a full team now."

Lin's plea for family

As crazy as life has been for Jeremy Lin here, his rise to stardom apparently is affecting his family in Taiwan. Lin asked the Taiwanese media to leave his family members alone.

"I love my family, I love my relatives," Lin said. "One special request I have is for the media back in Taiwan to kind of give them their space, because they can't even go to work without being bombarded and people following them. I just want people to respect the privacy of my relatives in Taiwan."

LIer wins car

Mike Sapraicone of Seaford hit five three-pointers in 30 seconds and a halfcourt shot to win a Kia Optima.

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