The toughest part about playing through nagging injuries, as explained succinctly by Wilson Chandler, is "a lot of people don't know, sometimes."
Now we know for sure, because Chandler's groin strain has become enough of an issue that he will sit out tonight's game against the Celtics. He will be evaluated by the team's medical staff on Thursday to determine just how much rest it will require.
There is an outside chance Chandler could be shut down for the rest of the season, but that's the extreme.
In other injury news, Eddie House will also miss tonight's game with a lower Achilles issue that has developed in his heel. House says he doesn't expect to be available until the West Coast road trip, which starts March 26 in Phoenix.
The other Eddy - as in Curry - is out for tonight, as well.
Chandler has had a good season -- 15.3 points per game and shooting 47.9 percent from the field -- but has been admittedly playing through some sort of a physical issue throughout most of the season. At the start it was recovering from bone spur surgery on his left ankle (done June 3), which clearly impacted his athleticism early in the season. Once he did start getting his legs back under him, that's when the groin started nagging him.
Chandler says he has felt 100 percent this season. It was around January. How long did it last? He thought a minute and said, "About three weeks."
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* - St. Patrick's Day game in Boston between the Knicks and Celtics. It has been a tradition for the Knicks to wear their green uniforms for St. Patrick's Day, but they'll be in their whites instead, as the Celtics are going with their greens. The Knicks won't wear the greenies on Friday at home, either. The green uniforms had their one appearance of the season - Christmas Day - when they came out to contrast the Miami Heat's red uniforms for a holiday color scheme.
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* - Nate Robinson was at the Knicks hotel here on Tuesday reuniting with some of his ex-teammates. Bill Walker is sure to be a big story from the Boston side of things. It also sounds like J.R. Giddens, the other young player acquired from Boston in the Robinson trade, is close to making his Knick debut as well and, the way it sounds, Giddens is just as explosively athletic as Walker. A few examples can be found here, here and here.
* - Girl on the street here in Boston came out of a bar this morning -- yes, they're already starting -- wearing a green shirt that said "Boston" with the No. 44 in a shamrock. Underneath it simply said, "The White Guy."
Brian Scalabrine has hit icon status in Boston.