The New York Knicks will put their 13-game winning streak on the line Thursday against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center.
However if they plan on running that streak to 14 games, they will have to do so very short handed.
ESPN’s Ian Begley is reporting that both Tyson Chandler and Kenyon Martin have already been ruled out for that game, while Marcus Camby is listed as doubtful.
#Knicks say Tyson Chandler and Kenyon Martin are out for tomorrow at Chicago. Marcus Camby is listed as doubtful.
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) April 10, 2013
Martin, who returned to the Knicks lineup on Tuesday after sitting out two games, severely sprained his ankle while seeing questionable fourth quarter minutes with the Knicks already leading the Washington Wizards by 24 points at the time.
Chandler meanwhile will be held out with a bulging disc in his neck. It will mark the second consecutive game the All-Star center has missed and Chandler’s 12th missed game in the past 16.
With Chandler and Martin joining the likes of Camby, Amar’e Stoudemire, Rasheed Wallace and Kurt Thomas on the shelf, the Knicks certainly don’t match up well against the Bulls.
New York is 0-3 on the season against the Bulls, who have had the advantage in the paint so far this season against the Knicks.
Chicago is a team that the Knicks simply don’t match up well against as they are bigger and more physical and will certainly use that to their advantage against what will certainly be a very small Knicks team on Thursday.
With Chris Copeland and Carmelo Anthony the two biggest Knicks going against a very tough Bulls’ frontline, it will take another outstanding shooting game from behind the arc for the streak to reach 14.
However at this point, the streak isn’t nearly as important as getting the Knicks big men healthy for the postseason.
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