Mar 13, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler (6) during the first half against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won 117-94.Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Tyson Chandler: Knicks fear All-Star's Neck injury is worse than originally thought

The New York Knicks have been red hot as of late, winning seven games in a row, but one thing has been missing.

That would be the presence of All-Star center Tyson Chandler, who has now missed nine consecutive games with what was originally described as a bulging disc in his neck.

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

However things could be much worse than that.

According to the New York Post’s Marc Berman, there is a growing fear among the Knicks’ brass that Chandler could have a pinched nerve in his neck.

The original timetable for his return was one week, but that is no longer the case as there is now no immediate timetable for his return to the lineup.

“There’s always a concern but he’ll be fine,’’ Knicks coach Mike Woodson told Berman. “We’re just being cautious. Eventually, he’ll be back. I like to think he’s getting better. He’ll let us know when it’s time for him to step back on the floor.’’

Dr. Wellington Hsu also told the New York Post that the symptoms appear to be related to a pinched nerve that isn’t easy to get rid of.

The general feeling is that Chandler is fine and will be back soon, but it is not the worst thing in the world to be cautious with him for the remainder of the regular season.

For one, the Knicks are on a roll right now.

Secondly, Chandler has played a lot of minutes at this point in the season and his body has taken a beating. It would be nice to give him some additional time to heal in order for him to enter the playoffs well rested and at 100 percent.

Despite winning seven straight games, the Knicks are not the same team without Chandler on the floor and to have any success in the postseason, they need their big man completely healthy.

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