Feb 22, 2013; Toronto, ON, Canada; New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler (6) against the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre. The Raptors beat the Knicks 100-98. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Tyson Chandler Injuries Knee, expected to play vs. Blazers

Good teams don’t use injuries as excuses, but while you can debate whether or not the New York Knicks are still indeed a good team- going 20-19 over their past 39 games would suggest that they aren’t- the amount of injuries the Knicks have dealt with this season is getting a little bit ridiculous.

The worst of which occurred in the second quarter of yet another Knicks blowout loss- this time at the hands of the Denver Nuggets Wednesday night- when reigning Defensive Player of the Year Tyson Chandler crumbled to the floor with what looked at the time to be a serious knee injury.

Mar. 3, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler (6) reacts on the court against the Miami Heat during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Chandler is the one guy the struggling Knicks can’t afford to be without and it looks like the Knicks caught a break as it was being reported as a left knee contusion and ESPN reported that Chandler would try and play Thursday night against the Portland Trail Blazers.

The 12-year vet was noticeably limping leaving the Pepsi Center, but all reports noted that he was in good spirits.

Knowing Chandler and his toughness, there was never any doubt that he would gut it out the rest of this long west coast road trip.

However is that the smartest idea for Mike Woodson and the Knicks medical staff to allow him to play right away?

Chandler is the one player the Knicks can’t afford to be without for a game, much less an extended period of time. With that being said, do the Knicks risk making Chandler’s knee worse? If it’s just a contusion, there isn’t much chance of the knee getting worse, but the pain could stick around and linger for a longer period than it would if he properly rested.

But Chandler is as tough as they come and there’s no doubt he will play through the pain and never use the knee as an excuse.

That’s a good thing because without him, the Knicks defense will be even worse than it is right now and if Chandler isn’t in the lineup, the Knicks have very little chance to compete.

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