In the first quarter of Tuesday’s tilt against the Bobcats, Tyson Chandler collided with Bobcats guard Kemba Walker. The 7-footer toppled to the ground and was helped to the bench by Carmelo Anthony.
On Wednesday morning, @NY_KnicksPR provided an update on his status. Chandler suffered a small non-displaced fracture of the right fibula. Further tests showed no ligament or nerve damage and surgery is not required. He is expected to be out approximately 4-6 weeks.
During last night’s postgame presser, Anthony stated, “Of course we miss him. He is our anchor on our defensive end, so we miss him big time.”
Head coach Mike Woodson could increase the time on the floor for Kenyon Martin and Amar’e Stoudemire. Both bigs have alternated games before Chandler exited MSG on Tuesday evening. Woodson may utilize 7-foot center Cole Aldrich to assist from a defensive standpoint. Aldrich was a terrific shot blocker at the University of Kansas and impressed the coaching staff during training camp and the preseason.
Prior to the injury, Chandler was off to a stellar start to the 2013-14 season after being plagued with nagging setbacks in the late stages of last year. The former Defensive Player of the Year was averaging 11.3 rebounds and 3.0 blocks in the Knicks first three games.