With the New York Knicks in the middle of a 10-game winning streak, the last thing that they want to deal with right now is even more injuries.
But following their win over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday, Knicks’ head coach Mike Woodson and his coaching staff may not have a choice, especially when it comes to big men Tyson Chandler and Kenyon Martin.
However Woodson did offer up some good news on Thursday when he said that he expected both Chandler and Martin to be fine.
“I think they’re going to be fine. We were cautious with Kenyon last night and came back with Tyson [late in the win over the Hawks]. [We're] trying to keep Tyson’s minutes not so heavy until he gets his legs and everything fully back under him,” Woodson said Thursday in an interview with ESPN New York 98.7 FM’s “The Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco Show (via ESPN’s Ian Begley).” “I feel good about Tyson. I feel good about K-Mart. We’ve just got to make sure that they’re ready when the playoffs start.”
That’s certainly good to hear from Woodson.
Martin sat out the final 10 minutes of the Atlanta game due to a sore right knee. After the game he told reporters that he had been battling the injury for a few days and could not say with any certainty if he’d play Friday against Milwaukee.
As for Chandler, the All-Star returned to the lineup Tuesday night in Miami after previously missing 10 consecutive games. Chandler looked to be in some pain Wednesday night. He left the game in the first half, clutching his chest and said that he was stiff due to the neck injury and could not guarantee that he’d be in the lineup Friday night.
“It’s tough trying to look up at the ball for rebounds or lobs,” Chandler told Begley. “It’s thrown my timing off. I’m just a little stiff right now. I’m not as mobile. I’m not there. I’m not myself moving around like I normally would.”
Now that’s bad news for the Knicks who are already without Amar’e Stoudemire, Rasheed Wallace and Kurt Thomas. If Martin and Chandler can’t go, it makes an already thin frontcourt even thinner.
The Knicks have listed both Chandler and Martin as questionable for Friday’s game against the Bucks, which could be simply a precaution as Woodson said he believed both Chandler and Martin would play before the postseason.
It’s tough to lose anyone right now as the Knicks currently sit just a half-game ahead of the Indiana Pacers for the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference.
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