With Stoudemire and Martin out, Chandler expecting to return Wednesday (UPDATED)

Adam Zagoria

The Knicks are without injured big men Kenyon Martin and Amar’e Stoudemire for an indeterminate amount of time, but Tyson Chandler is full speed ahead for a return on Wednesday in Milwaukee.

“Depending on how he feels [Wednesday] after he wakes up, there’s a chance he could [play],” Knicks coach Mike Woodson said Tuesday. “We need him if we can because we’re short-handed.”

Chandler has been out since Nov. 5 with a small displaced fracture of his right fibula suffered against the Charlotte Bobcats. The Knicks are 6-14 in the 20 games he’s missed, and 7-17 overall.

Martin (strained abdominal muscle) and Stoudemire are out for Wednesday, and it’s unclear when they will return.

“I don’t have Kenyon, now Amar’e’s going to be out a while,” Woodson said. “I don’t know [how long] but he won’t play [Wednesday] and Kenyon’s out as well so hopefully if [Chandler] feels good after tonight he’ll be able to get back in uniform.”

Of Stoudemire, Woodson added: “Knee has swelled up a little bit. He’ll be sitting [Wednesday].”

Stoudemire, however, took to Twitter later in the day to dispute Woodson’s account that he was injured: “Fans, IM NOT INJURED, just want u to know I’m ONLY stay’n bk bc of 6 games n 9 days w/ bk2bks! Body & Knees feel great!

Stoudemire, who had three knee procedures in a 10-month span, played 19 minutes against Washington on Monday and managed four points and four rebounds. It was his sixth game in nine days. In four of those games he played more than 20 minutes.

(On Sunday, I wrote that the Knicks were pushing Stoudemire hard, so this latest development can hardly be considered shocking.)

While Stoudemire and Martin are sitting, an upbeat Chandler expects to return.

“Yeah, I’m feeling good out there,” Chandler said. “Now I’ll sleep on it and talk to coach [Wednesday] and go from there.”

Chandler was averaging 7.3 points and 9.0 rebounds before he went down and expects it will take some time before he gets his conditioning fully back.

“I just want to get out there and play free mentally and feel good about it and give my team a chance to win,” he said.

More than anything, Chandler provides protection at the rim. Without him, the defensively-challenged Andrea Bargnani played center.

“He’s gonna bring some defense, he’ll bring a force at the rim,” Woodson said of Chandler. “I thought Bargnani’s done an adequate job in that area.”

As the final seconds of the Washington game showed, the Knicks are sorely lacking leadership at this point, and Chandler could provide some of that more than anything.

“Absolutely, leadership and communication is important out there,” Chandler said. “But I feel like when good things are rolling, good things happen. It seems like when bad things  are rolling, bad things happen.

“So we just have to turn the energy around here. It can be done with a couple wins, all of a sudden guys start feeling better about themselves. The communication picks up. And you’ll be amazed what a couple wins can do.”


Adam Zagoria covers the New York Knicks and Big East hoops for NBA.com and SNY.tv. He also appears as a Big East Basketball Insider on SNY and 1050 ESPN Radio. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.

24 comments
SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

We want it to be a Merry Christmas not a Murry Christsmith!

Damn it all to hell!

JerseyFan1
JerseyFan1

Trade definitely must b off. If they called this guy up. OUT OF ALL THE PG'S in the D - League

L-Switch
L-Switch

With all the bad turn of events taking place with the Knicks,you would think that Harris Decker would change this stupid livefyre back to discus. I actually liked the very first system that was used when the blog first started.

L-Switch
L-Switch

Do the Knicks have to be mathematically ineligible for the playoffs before they decide they need a new coach and pg? I mean for me I saw these current weaknesses in the roster since game 4. Dolan is messing up and Brooklyn is figuring things out. Knicks can't sit on their hands. Improvments need to be made and I don't mean Chris Smith or Murray. However Toure does need to play just to see if he can hang becuase Beno sucks. #OscarTheBaller repost

knickfan2
knickfan2

Starting lineup for Wednesday should be Tice, Bargs, Melo, THjr, and Murry. Brandon Knight is trash, which means Murry should be practicing with the first unit. Milwaukee is a good game for Tice to get reacquainted and Murry to get extended minutes.

CL4nyk
CL4nyk

I hope he isn't being rushed back because of other front court injuries.

I also hope Woodson doesn't lean on Chandler to save his job.

ds2488
ds2488

I'm very worried that this "coach" will go right to pushing Tyson hard for 40+ minutes when he gets back.  Hopefully someone above his paygrade monitors Tyson's minutes because I don't think this "coach" will care much.

knickfan2
knickfan2

That's the equivalent to a lump of coal in someone's Christmas stocking.

Matty B
Matty B

^ That is what rock bottom looks like

zebeto
zebeto

@NYKnickerBocker..denial ! .............what him next week get shut down for a "minor" knee procedure.

knickfan2
knickfan2

At least he didn't say he feels phenomenal.

CL4nyk
CL4nyk

@knickfan2Beno should start, no two ways about it. Shump should start too. THJr is the backup spark plug in case JR's play in the 2nd half was a fluke.

rgm891
rgm891

@knickfan2 The lineup will be udrih, shump, melo, bargs, tyson knowing shitson.

knickfan2
knickfan2

Good point, we'll probably need THjr's potential to score off the bench with Stat out and JR's inconsistencies.

TheKnicksBlog.com
TheKnicksBlog.com

@rgm891 @knickfan2 I don't think it's fair to throw THjr and Murry into the starting lineup together. If it were me, I'd go Murry, Shumpert, Anthony, Bargs and Chandler.

knickfan2
knickfan2

Good point. Hopefully Shump can keep Mayo contained early.