Tyson Chandler Injury: Updates on Knicks Center's Status

Tyler ConwayFeatured ColumnistMarch 13, 2013

Looking to keep pace in the race for the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference, the New York Knicks need Tyson Chandler healthy for the stretch run of the season.

UPDATE: Monday, April 15 at 1:30 p.m ET, by Tom Kinslow

As the season winds down, Chandler will continue to sit, as he and other Knicks players will miss tonight's game vs. Charlotte, per Al Iannazzone of Newsday.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, April 9 at 10:30 a.m ET, by Sam Westmoreland

Chandler's back is apparently giving him issues again, and the Knicks big man is doubtful, according to a report from the New York Times' Howard Beck:

The Knicks have found success this season without Chandler, but they'd certainly prefer to have their star center healthy and effective as we head towards the playoffs.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Apr. 2, at 6:39 p.m. ET by Rob Goldberg

After missing 10 games due to a knee injury, Tyson Chandler will finally return to the court for Tuesday's game against the Miami Heat, according to Nate Taylor of the New York Times:

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UPDATE: Monday, Apr. 1, at 2:43 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Tyson Chandler is eying a return to action this Tuesday against the Miami Heat, according to ESPN's Jared Zwerling.

But one of the biggest positives on Sunday night came from off the court before the game when All-Star center Tyson Chandler said the small bulging disk in his neck felt better and he was eyeing a Tuesday return against the East-leading Miami Heat

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UPDATE: Sunday, March 31, at 7:16 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney

Frank Isola of the New York Daily News gives us this update regarding Chandler's recovery:

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UPDATE: Sunday, Mar. 31, at 12:48 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Tyson Chandler is making progress, but remains uncertain for tonight's game against the Celtics, according to ESPN's Ian Begley.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, March 26, at 6:10 p.m. ET by Eric Ball

Chandler will be residing on the bench for the eighth consecutive game tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies as Al Iannazzone of Newsday reports:

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UPDATE: Tuesday, March 26, at 5:58 p.m. ET by Tyler Conway

Even more bad (albeit unsurprising) news has come out about Chandler. According to Al Iannazzone of Newsday, the seven-footer said Tuesday that he would probably miss Wednesday's game against Memphis as well:

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UPDATE: Tuesday, March 26, at 5:35 p.m. ET by Tyler Conway

Not even a nationally televised game versus the Celtics can heal Chandler. According to ESPN's Ian Begley, the seven-footer will miss Tuesday night's contest due to his lingering injuries:

With the Knicks on a back-to-back (they play Wednesday versus the Grizzlies), Chandler's absence may well hit the two-week mark soon. That's not a good sign for a squad desperately trying to keep the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, March 19, at 2:55 p.m. ET by Richard Langford

Bad news for the Knicks on the Tyson Chandler front. ESPN New York's Ian Begley explains: 

Things could certainly be worse than Chandler being on the shelf for a week, but back issues have a terrible way of lingering and flaring up at the most inopportune times. 

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UPDATE: Monday, March 18, at 9:07 p.m. ET by Dan Talintyre

New York Daily News' Frank Isola reports that Tyson Chandler will not feature for the Knicks in their game against the Jazz on Monday:

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UPDATE: Sunday, March 17, at 2:09 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Disappointing and encouraging news for Knicks fans, as Tyson Chandler will not play in today's game against the Clippers, but it is due to a neck strain and not his knee, according to Newsday's Al Iannazzone:

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UPDATE: Saturday, March 16, at 4:30 p.m. ET by Matt Fitzgerald

It looks as though the injury bug will continue to bite the Knicks for the time being. Chandler isn't expected to play in New York's next key game against the Los Angeles Clippers, as reported by Nate Taylor of The New York Times:

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UPDATE: Thursday, March 14, at 9:30 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

The New York Daily News' Frank Isola reported that the Knicks have decided to keep center Tyson Chandler out of their game against the Portland Trail Blazers after he injured his knee on Wednesday. Isola added a little investigative reporting as well:

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UPDATE: Thursday, March 14, at 1:46 a.m. ET by Tyler Conway

Though official word is yet to come out from the team, Chandler seemed to be in positive spirits after the game. According to Al Iannazzone of Newsday, the seven-footer indicated he would be fine:

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According to the New York Post's Marc Berman, center Tyson Chandler had to leave the contest with a knee injury suffered late in the second quarter:

The New York Times' Howard Beck followed up on Chandler’s injury and is reporting that the seven-footer suffered a “contused left knee” and will not return:

The reigning Defensive Player of the Year, Chandler was injured after colliding with Corey Brewer in the paint. His knee buckled on impact and Chandler went to the ground, writhing in obvious pain before being taken out by the trainers.

While Beck’s report confirmed Chandler’s absence, the scene on the floor made it pretty obvious from the beginning. He finished the contest with four points and two rebounds in just 18 minutes of action, as the Knicks were down 64-42 at halftime.

With New York getting blown out in Denver, the team is undoubtedly unconcerned with Chandler’s status on Wednesday. Going forward, however, the 30-year-old center is indispensable.

Heading into Wednesday night’s action, Chandler was averaging 10.8 points, 11.1 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per night while shooting an NBA-high 64.6 percent from the field. Those counting stats were good enough to get Chandler his first All-Star berth this season, but as anyone who has watched the Knicks knows, his effect goes far beyond the numbers.

Arguably the NBA’s best defensive center, Chandler’s presence has allowed New York to run with small lineups all season long. Carmelo Anthony, a natural small forward, has been able to play the power forward spot because the Knicks feel comfortable with Chandler protecting the rim and atoning for teammate mistakes.

Without Chandler in the lineup, an already-thin Knicks team is completely bereft of talented players in the middle. Injuries to Amar’e Stoudemire, Rasheed Wallace and Marcus Camby leave Kenyon Martin as the only player even theoretically capable of guarding big men down low.

It goes without saying that the Knicks and their fans will be waiting with bated breath on the latest updates on Chandler’s status.