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Knicks’ Tyson Chandler could return Tuesday against Heat

Apr 1, 2013, 12:08 PM EDT

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The Knicks are on an eight-game winning streak heading into a game with the Heat Tuesday — the Knicks can lock up that season series and gain another measure of confidence should the two meet in the playoffs.

And it looks like the Knicks may have their shot-blocking, defensive anchor of a center Tyson Chandler back for that game, reports Jared Zwerling at ESPNNewYork.com. He has been out with a bulging disc in his neck.

And the idea of a Kenyon Martin/Tyson Chandler defensive front line has Knicks fans feeling optimistic.

Based on the way Kenyon Martin has been playing — 9.9 points on 69.4 percent shooting during the winning streak, along with averages of six rebounds and around a block and steal — that means that a new formidable frontline in the starting five could be just two days away.

Chris Copeland called Martin and Chandler together “scary.”

“They alter everything around the basket,” he told ESPNNewYork.com. “Guys aren’t going to want to go in the paint, and [Martin and Chandler will] make them take contested shots. I think that will be a great lineup.”

The Knicks and Pacers (who have won seven of eight and are playing well) are in a virtual tie for the two seed in the East. The up side of having the two seed is you would have home court in the second round and a likely matchup against the Pacers. The down side is you likely get the Celtics in the first round — a series the Knicks should win but would have to work hard for against a veteran, battle-tested team. The Hawks (the likely six seed) is less intimidating even if they are more talented than Boston.

But what really matters is having a groove for the playoffs. The Knicks have found and the return of Chandler could only make them more formidable.

  1. dysraw1 - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Don”t think we didn’t miss you because things went well. your presents is required

  2. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    We need him back so that Coach can work on a suitable rotation and get him back into shape. But MSG reports one thing, he says another and Coach says another. I doubt he plays tomorrow with the way they were making it appear that he had a pinched nerve yesterday.

  3. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Coach sounded genuinely surprised (eyebrows raised, shocked) when Tina Cervasio and the beat guy who always ask him the first few questions both mentioned that Tyson said that he could possibly play tomorrow. Then again, Coach said that all he would need to see is whether Chandler could perform a couple of offensive things with Cope, and a thing or two defensively, and if Chandler says to him that he can play, then Coach would play him.

  4. dysraw1 - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    we just learned that we can play some good small ball which will help when other teams go there.

  5. elcapitanfiscal - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Him and kenyon are gonna be tough inside..martin has the knicks playing some defense..except melo..he only plays defense once in a while

    • money2long - Apr 1, 2013 at 1:41 PM

      team basketball. team defense is good. melo aint scared to play d. stop with that once in a while crap. he may not be successful everytime, but he is committed to defense with this new mindset in new york. jr smith playing defense too. update your thinking on melo. he tries.

  6. elcapitanfiscal - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    Watch the games dude..melo didn’t play d until Chandler got there..melo takes some plays off on defense still though, if you watch him play pretty much every game like I do you wouldn’t be arguing..i like knicks so it’s not likeim hating on him either, just pointing something out..

    • money2long - Apr 1, 2013 at 4:06 PM

      i’m an avid knicks observer

    • money2long - Apr 1, 2013 at 4:08 PM

      also my comments were about the new mindset knicks and the new system. so yes, when chandler was there, who anchors the defense, and woodson who steers the ship. correct me if im wrong , but melo likes to accepts the challenge of guarding lebron. i wanna see him go at lebron tomorrow. he’s not scared to man up on him.

  7. cj1403 - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Melo has the body to be an above average defender, he just has to try. He’ll never be a SuperStar until he plays D

    • money2long - Apr 1, 2013 at 6:23 PM

      iverson was a superstar

  8. miamatt - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    I have to give the Knicks credit for the way they have rebounded from a real bad stretch of basketball a little ways ways back; I may have been shoveling dirt on them too soon.

    It would be interesting to see if Chandler comes back against the Heat, but I kind of doubt he does; while the Knicks would like homecourt over the Pacers, health going into the playoffs trumps all. On the Heat side, I’d guess Wade definitely sits, with James and Chalmers no better than 50:50 to play. Miami has the East locked up, and they’d have to finish 4-5 (while the Spurs finish 9-0) to lose homecourt throughout.

    In any case, what happens in any potential playoff matchup between these two teams will have little to do with what goes down tommorow night.

    • badintent - Apr 2, 2013 at 1:20 AM

      Has Bosh taken 10 shots in the paint against .500+ teams the entire season ? Tyson and now K-mart own his Honey Nutt ass.Knicks are a nursing home but the Head Nurse there is giving head to keep them young and frisky.

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