Tyson Chandler Injury: Updates on Knicks Center's Status and Return

Steven Cook@@stevencookinFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 6, 2014

USA Today

Updates from Tuesday, Jan. 14

ESPN's Ian Begley reports that Chandler will return to the court Tuesday night:

Tyson Chandler will return for the #Knicks tonight after a four-game absence.

— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) January 14, 2014

Updates from Monday, Jan. 13

Frank Isola of the New York Daily News has the latest on Tyson Chandler:

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The New York Knicks suffered yet another setback on Sunday, Jan. 5, when center Tyson Chandler left the game against the Dallas Mavericks with symptoms of an upper respiratory infection.   

Newsday's Al Iannazzone reported the news initially:

The Knicks later specified the issue with a tweet, saying Chandler's return was questionable:

He was later ruled out for the game: 

Chandler must be used to missing time by now after his tumultuous 2013-14 NBA season thus far. He broke his leg on Nov. 5 against the Charlotte Bobcats and didn't return to action until Dec. 18, missing six weeks. 

His absence played a huge part in the Knicks' apathy this season, as they lost 10 of their first 12 games without Chandler and went 6-14 without him overall. 

Since he returned, the Knicks are 3-5.   

Chandler has also proven to be a bright spot on an otherwise putrid rebounding Knicks team. He averages 8.2 rebounds per game, but New York as a team only grabs 39.3 boards in each game—second worst in the NBA. 

Look for Andrea Bargnani and Amar'e Stoudemire to both see a spike in minutes if Chandler misses any time. 

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