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Knicks will be without Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler Sunday against Clippers

Mar 17, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler AP

UPDATE 2:27 p.m. ET: It’s been made official now, a little more than an hour before tip-off, that both Anthony and Chandler are out for Sunday’s contest against the Clippers. Even though Chandler is out, the news on him might be considered to be positive — he’s missing the game due to a stiff neck; the team says his knee is fine.

8:00 a.m. ET: In a non-update injury update sent out by Knicks PR on Saturday, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler were both listed as questionable for New York’s game on Sunday against the Clippers in Los Angeles.

The vibe around the team after practice on Saturday, however, is that neither will be ready to go.

From ESPN New York:

The New York Knicks are planning to take the floor without Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler on Sunday, according to multiple reports.

Knicks coach Mike Woodson told reporters after Saturday’s practice in Los Angeles that he’s planning as if neither player will be available for Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

“Yes, we went through shootaround thinking that (Chandler and Anthony will not play),” Woodson said. “We got these (other players) in uniform ready to play.”

Anthony recently had the fluid drained from his ailing knee, and practiced only lightly on Saturday. Chandler sat out practice altogether, as he’s dealing with a knee contusion that kept him out of the Knicks’ loss to the Blazers on Thursday.

The Knicks started a lineup featuring Kurt Thomas, Kenyon martin, and Chris Copeland in Portland on Thursday with Anthony and Chandler sidelined, so it’s likely we’ll see more of the same on Sunday.

New York currently sits in third place in the East, a half game behind Indiana and a full game ahead of Brooklyn. The injuries are going to make it difficult for the Knicks to maintain their place in the standings, but unless Anthony and Chandler are close to 100 percent by the time the postseason begins, they’re going to be facing a quick first round exit regardless of whom they face.

  1. nbascreed - Mar 17, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    I’d think the Knicks want to stay in that 2-3 range. It gives them their ONLY shot of reaching the conference finals which (regardless of what NY’ers will say when it’s over) would cap a very good season and a marked return to prominence for this franchise.

  2. jacobknicks - Mar 17, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    The Knicks had no chance against the Clips with them in lineup either!

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Mar 17, 2013 at 12:15 PM

      We’ll see about that in about three hours.

  3. mungman69 - Mar 17, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Miami won’t lose.

  4. Mr. Wright 212 - Mar 17, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    People have written the Knicks off without Anthony and/or Stoudemire before. And, if not for a series of birdbrain mistakes by Pablo when JR got hot vs. Portland, the Knicks played well without all three of the top guys on Thursday night. This game is going to surprise the people who think the Knicks will just roll over and die.

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