The Knicks probably won’t have Tyson Chandler tonight when they try to clinch their first Atlantic Division title since 1994.
Chandler is listed as doubtful with a bulging disc in his neck. But Mike Woodson said Chandler is “sore” and “needed rest today.”
“He’s a little beat up,” Woodson said.
Chandler’s injury seems like something that could linger and is definitely a cause for concern with the playoffs starting in less than two weeks.
He missed nine games with the neck issue, and returned four games ago. He complained of soreness last week, and said he had trouble lifting his arms and looking up.
But Chandler looked good and moved well in the Knicks’ win Sunday in Oklahoma City. He had 15 points and two blocks in 38:34 Sunday. During breaks, he had a pad on his neck.
“Tyson has played a lot of basketball throughout the summer and with the Olympics,” Woodson said. “Through camp he was right there giving it his all. It’s been a long season for him up until this point.
“He had a great game the other night and he said he needed a rest today. So we’re going to rest him. Hopefully he’ll be ready for our game in Chicago.”
Kenyon Martin is a game-time decision with a sore left knee. He did some shooting this morning.
Woodson said if Martin can’t play, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Copeland will be the Knicks centers tonight. Marcus Camby (left plantar fasciitis) is out.