With Amar’e Stoudemire already out of the New York Knicks lineup, it looks like he will have some company as the Knicks head to the Staples Center to take on the Los Angeles Clippers Sunday afternoon.
The Knicks ‘Big Three” will once again be on the sidelines together as it is expected that both Carmelo Anthony (knee) and Tyson Chandler (knee) will miss the game as well.
Both Anthony and Chandler are officially listed as questionable due to knee injuries, but Knicks had coach Mike Woodson told reporters after Saturday’s practice in Los Angeles that he’s planning as if neither player will be available for Sunday’s game.
“Yes, we went through shootaround thinking that (Chandler and Anthony will not play),” Woodson said (via ESPNNewYork.com).”We got these (other players) in uniform ready to play.”
If Anthony and Chandler are out, Woodson may opt to start a front line of Chris Copeland, Kenyon Martin and Kurt Thomas. Those three started on Thursday against Portland.
‘Melo got his knee drained on Thursday in New York and rejoined the team Saturday in Los Angeles. He has missed four of the Knicks’ past seven games, and missed large portions of two others because of the knee problem.
Chandler suffered a left knee contusion late in the first half of New York’s loss to the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday. He missed Thursday’s loss to the Blazers and sat out of practice on Saturday.
This five-game west coast trip has been disastrous for the Knicks, who have lost the first three games by an average of 22.5 points per game and now only have a one-game lead over the Brooklyn Nets in the Atlantic Division.
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