NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — This nightmare just won’t end for the New York Knicks.
The Knicks say All-Star center Tyson Chandler is expected to miss about a week and Kurt Thomas will be sidelined for at least two as injuries continue to plague their frontcourt.
Thomas played 27 minutes in the Knicks’ win over the Jazz on Monday night, going 3-for-5 from the field for six points. He added three rebounds, two assists and three blocks.
On the season, the 40-year-old is averaging 2.5 points, 2.3 rebounds and 0.4 blocks in 10.1 minutes per game.
Chandler had an MRI exam of his spine Tuesday that revealed a bulging disc. An exam of Thomas’ right foot revealed an acute stress reaction surrounding a chronic stress fracture. The team says he could miss as much as four weeks, potentially knocking him out for the rest of the regular season.
Chandler missed the final three games of the Knicks’ five-game road trip. The 2012 NBA Defensive Player of the Year has excelled in his second season in New York. The 7-foot-1 center is averaging 10.7 points, 11.0 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 32.9 minutes per game.
Carmelo Anthony has missed three straight games after having fluid drained from the back of his right knee. Key reserves Amar’e Stoudemire (knee) and Rasheed Wallace (foot) have already been lost to surgery for at least the rest of the regular season.
Anthony hopes to return to the floor on Wednesday when the Knicks host the Magic at Madison Square Garden.
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