Mar 6, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler shoots prior to the game against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE
Last night, we got out first full look at how this year's Knicks look without Tyson Chandler and OH MY GOD PLEASE NEVER AGAIN TYSON THERE'S SO MUCH BLOOD. New York's sorry attempt at interior defense sans Tyson (and Jared Jeffries) got absolutely trampled by the Spurs, to the point that I may have googled "hamstring transplant cost" at some point. I figured we could get one of those Kickstarter things together.
New York could really use Chandler (and Jeffries, who is great, but keeps getting stuck in parentheses because Chandler is something else entirely) back as soon as possible, but forcing him out there and doing further damage to that hamstring-- which, by the way, was injured before the Dallas game-- would be borderline apocalyptic. They'll be monitoring that hammy closely, and haven't ruled out withholding Tyson from the final game of this road trip. Quoth Chandler:
"I’d rather be out there, but I’d rather not be out three, four weeks and play it smart and listen to what [the doctors] have to say," Chandler said. "I’m hoping it feels better but I’m listening to the doctors at this point.’’
Yeah, true. Listen to those doctors. But doctors-- y'all should know that Jeffries has already been ruled out of Friday's game, which could leave the same Knicks that lost last night to contain Brandon Jennings and keep Ersan Ilyasova off the glass and ugghghhghhnghnghn
(Side note: A few days off certainly couldn't hurt Chandler's wrist. It's kind of convenient, in a way. Just not for the Knick defense.)