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Chandler told to shut it down

New York Knicks' Wilson Chandler, left, and Memphis

New York Knicks' Wilson Chandler, left, and Memphis Grizzlies' Marcus Williams fight for control of the ball during the first half. (February 27, 2010) Photo Credit: AP

Wilson Chandler has become the third Knick player to have his season prematurely end. Chandler, who has missed seven games with a sore left groin, met with team doctors before tonight's game against the Trail Blazers here in Portland and he was advised to sit out the final nine games. Including last night's game,

Chandler hasn't been 100 percent for much of this season. He started out behind schedule because he missed most of his offseason training due to bone spur surgery on his ankle. Chandler played through the final games of last season experiencing pain in his left ankle. It wasn't until after the season that the bone spurs were revealed. He had surgery in June.

It is this experience that prompted the Knicks to be more cautious with Chandler this time around.

Chandler appeared in 65 games this season and for a third straight season improved his scoring average (15.3 points per game) from the previous year and shot a career-best 47.9 percent from the field.

Eddy Curry (torn calf) and Jonathan Bender (broken hand) were both previously shut down for the season.




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