PHILADELPHIA -- A case of strep throat has slowed Tyson Chandler, but it hasn't stopped him. The Knicks' starting center played 28 minutes Monday night and was limited to 21 minutes in Sunday's win over the 76ers.

Chandler said he felt about "75 percent healthy" Monday. "I feel closer to normal," he said. "After this week I'll be good." He also said the bone bruise in his left knee feels better. He wore a brace over it Monday.

The Knicks next play Chandler's former team, the Mavericks, on Friday.

 

The people's choice

Mike Woodson said he planned to play Rasheed Wallace, 38, in Sunday's game even before the Garden crowd chanted his name. But Woodson said he wouldn't have against Miami if the chants hadn't started.

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"He's done everything we've asked him to do," Woodson said of Wallace, a Philadelphia native who had 10 points in 14 minutes Monday night. "We're just kind of bringing him along slowly. Rasheed is still a talented kid. He can't play real big minutes, but the minutes he gives us are positive and they've got to continue to be."

 

Camby expected to play Friday

Marcus Camby, who missed the preseason with a strained left calf, is expected to go through full-contact practices Wednesdayand Thursday and play for the first time Friday.

"You're not going to just throw him out there," Woodson said. "I like to see guys practice a little bit and just see how they feel once they've been banged around and hit the floor a few times. He hasn't had the chance to do that."