The New York Knicks got some good news on Tuesday, but received a dose of bad news as well.
The good news is that All-Star center Tyson Chandler is expected to miss only a week with a small bulging disk in his cervical spine (neck area).
The bad news is that Chandler could miss up to four or five games in that span, which include Atlantic Division battles against the Toronto Raptors (twice) and Boston Celtics.
Chandler has missed the past two games with the neck problem which was confirmed by an MRI on Tuesday. He also suffered a bone contusion in his left knee during the Knicks’ loss March 13 to the Nuggets.
The Knicks have gone 1-1 with Chandler on the sidelines, but going without the backbone of their defense for the next four or five games will be extremely difficult.
It will be even more difficult considering he won’t be the only one out.
According to the Knicks, Kurt Thomas is also expected to be out two to four weeks with an acute stress reaction surrounding a chronic stress fracture in his right foot.
That leaves the Knicks frontcourt very shorthanded as both Amar’e Stoudemire and Rasheed Wallace will miss the remainder of the regular season as well.
With that being said, expect to see a lot of Marcus Camby, Kenyon Martin and Chris Copeland for the foreseeable future.
One thing is for sure and that is the Knicks need big bodies, but there are two problems with that.
First of all there isn’t much out there to go and get. Secondly, the Knicks have refused to waive Wallace, which is something that could be considered again given the injury situation.
But for now Mike Woodson will have to try and patch things together- something he is used to by now.
Woodson should get a bit of good news though as Carmelo Anthony is supposed to return to the Knicks lineup Wednesday night against the Orlando Magic, but who knows how healthy his knee is at this point.
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