Tyson Chandler to get treatment for stiff neck

Tyson Chandler wipes his face in the second Tyson Chandler wipes his face in the second half of a game against the Miami Heat at Madison Square Garden. (March 3, 2013) Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

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ATLANTA -- Tyson Chandler said he's still having trouble moving his neck and lifting his arms. If he doesn't improve he might be forced to take some more games off.

Chandler completed the back-to-back after missing nine straight games with a bulging disc in his neck. But he was grabbing his chest and shoulder during the Knicks' 95-82 win over Atlanta, and said it was all related to the neck. "It was getting physical out there, starting to stiffen up," Chandler said. "I'm not as mobile as I would like to be. Hopefully that starts to get better.

"It's just difficult for me to locate the ball as far as trying to look up, whether it be rebounds, lobs, high passes. I'm just really stiff right now. I'm just not there yet."

Chandler said he felt worse Wednesday night than he did in his first game back Tuesday. The Knicks' next game is Friday. Chandler said he would get treatment Thursday and see how he feels.

"I think it was just soreness coming back," he said. "I didn't do anything for a few weeks except for get treatment. It's my first time getting any contact. It was my first time running a couple days ago. It's kind of expected."

Potentially worsening matters is Kenyon Martin, who left Wednesday night's game with a sore right knee and couldn't return. Martin, too said he would get treatment Thursday, but he expects to play Friday.

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"Just sore, man," Martin said. "Just going from sitting on the couch to getting thrown in the fire. This is like training camp and preseason for me. I'm a warrior so I've been gutting it out. It's been sore for a few games. I ain't one to complain. But it got the best of me today."

 

Injury updates

Kurt Thomas, who has a stress reaction/stress fracture in his right foot, worked on the elliptical machine for the first time Wednesday.

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