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Tyson Chandler misses another game with neck soreness

Tyson Chandler talks to referee John Goble during

Tyson Chandler talks to referee John Goble during a game against the Chicago Bulls. (Dec. 21, 2012) Credit: David Pokress

The bulging disc in Tyson Chandler's neck acted up again and kept him out of Tuesday night's game. "He's a little beat up," Mike Woodson said.

Woodson said Chandler could play if this was a postseason game. But his injury appears to be something that could linger and is definitely a cause for concern with the playoffs starting next weekend.

He played the previous four games after missing nine straight with the neck issue. Last week, Chandler said he had trouble lifting his arms and looking up. But he played well in Sunday's win in Oklahoma City, with 15 points and two blocks in 38:34. "That was a physical game the other night and he's sore," Woodson said. "So if he tells me he needs some rest, then I've got to listen and rest him."

Woodson continues to say he's not considering resting Chandler or any of his players until the playoffs unless they tell him they need it. The Knicks haven't locked up the No. 2 seed yet. Woodson said he hopes Chandler will play Thursday in Chicago.

The Knicks got Kenyon Martin back Tuesday night after he missed the previous two games with a sore left knee. Martin played 181/2 minutes and left the game with a sprained ankle. He had two points and two blocks.

Wallace shoots at return

Rasheed Wallace, who is rehabbing from surgery on his left foot and hasn't played since Dec. 13, shot around in the morning and again in the pregame. Woodson said "hopefully next week" Wallace will start running and hasn't ruled out Wallace being ready for the playoffs.

Woodson said Amar'e Stoudemire (knee surgery) has run on an anti-gravity treadmill and hasn't had any setbacks. Kurt Thomas (stress fracture right foot) is rehabbing, also. The Knicks have been playing so well with the rotation they have, but Woodson isn't concerned that adding players might have a negative effect. "It won't change anything," Woodson said. "We got a nice rotation, but you're going to need big bodies."

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