Oct 11, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler (6) controls the ball against the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. The Raptors beat the Knicks 100-91. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks: Tyson Chandler doubtful, Raymond Felton probable vs. Pistons


The New York Knicks will look to build off their successful Texas trip Tuesday night when they play host to the Detroit Pistons.

However if they want to make it three wins in four games in the year 2014, they will likely have to do it without one of their main pieces.

Dec 10, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton during a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Cleveland won 109-94. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 10, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton during a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Cleveland won 109-94. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Knicks’ center Tyson Chandler will likely miss the game due to an upper respiratory infection, meaning the Pistons talented frontcourt could have a field day against the Knicks.

Chandler missed the first meeting against the Pistons, a 92-86 loss in Detroit, and the Pistons took advantage as Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond combine to score 29 points and grab 22 rebounds, making 12-of-15 shots from the floor, all of which came in the paint.

To neutralize that, the likes of Kenyon Martin, Amar’e Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani must step up at the defensive end of the floor, but I wouldn’t get my hopes up.

The Pistons have been reeling and are riding a four-game losing streak, but their bigs will have a decided advantage with Chandler out of action.

However the Knicks should get some good news, depending on your perspective, as point guard Raymond Felton is expected to be back in the lineup after missing time with a right groin injury.

While it is always nice to get your starting point guard back, Felton hasn’t been very effective this season, but is still Mike Woodson‘s likely best option.

Detroit point guard Brandon Jennings should be licking his chops. Jennings leads the Pistons in scoring (17.0 ppg) and is coming off a miserable 2-for-14 performance last time out. He couldn’t ask for a better matchup to get back on track.

It’s worth noting that both Chandler and Felton missed the Knicks last meeting with the Pistons, so with the Knicks playing their best basketball of the season and the Pistons reeling coming into Madison Square Garden, hopefully the results will be a bit different.


 

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