Tyson Chandler out because of personal reasons

Tyson Chandler of the Knicks looks on against Tyson Chandler of the Knicks looks on against the Golden State Warriors at Madison Square Garden on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

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The Knicks were without Tyson Chandler on Monday night because of an urgent personal matter, and Mike Woodson is unsure how long Chandler will be gone.

"I have no idea at this point," Woodson said before the game against the 76ers at the Garden. "He's fine. It's a personal matter and we got to deal with that."

Without Chandler, Woodson used a starting lineup featuring Amar'e Stoudemire at center and Carmelo Anthony at power forward. Raymond Felton, J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert rounded out the five. Shumpert made his first start since a 109-90 loss to the Bulls on March 2. That was his first game back after he missed five contests because of a knee injury.

Chandler is not expected to be unavailable long. The Knicks announced his absence Monday before the game. He's averaging 9.4 points and 10.4 rebounds. The Knicks next play Wednesday night in Boston.

Martin making progress

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Kenyon Martin is out of a walking boot, but there's still no timetable for his return to the lineup. The power forward hasn't played since Jan. 16 because of a chronically injured ankle. Woodson said he has not yet resumed basketball activities. "He's still working to get back on the floor in uniform," he said. "When that's going to be, I have no answer for you right now."

 

Fast breaks

The Knicks have signed guard Shannon Brown and forward Earl Clark to second 10-day contracts . . . Carmelo Anthony was named Eastern Conference player of the week after averaging 29.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.75 steals and leading the Knicks to a 3-1 mark.

With Al Iannazzone

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