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March 22, 2013

Tyson Chandler to undergo neck surgery, will miss a week

The Knicks injury list is huge. They need to get Carmelo Anthony back real soon.

By Stephen Lars

The future keeps on looking quite bleak for the injury prone New York Knicks. It’s not as if they are missing some crítical players already. I mean, Carmelo Anthony is still on the injury list and Amare Stoudemire is still recovering and now they’ll have to go without their most dominant force under the baskets: Tyson Chandler. I’m not sure if the New York Knicks bench has enough depth or such a backbone to hold this team together. But things are certainly looking bleak at the Madison Square Garden.

I’m not sure if the New York Knicks bench has enough depth or such a backbone to hold this team together.

Let’s go ahead and review for a moment the current situation of the New York Knicks. At 39-26 for the season, the teamstill has some cushioning that will keep their Playoffs dream alive even if things go awfully wrong during the next few weeks. Chandler is expected to miss a week with a small bulging disk in his cervical spine. He will be joined in the injury list by Kurt Thomas, who is suffering from an acute stress reaction surrounding a chronic stress fracture in his right foot. Ok, now, as if that was not enough, it is clear that Amare Stoudemire will miss the rest of the season. Amar'e Stoudemire is expected to miss the rest of the regular season following surgery on his right knee. Rasheed Wallace is also out until at least the first round of the playoffs with a broken bone in his foot. And to make things worse, it is still unclear whether Carmelo Anthony will be back in uniform this week.

The fans and the coaching staff alike are hoping that Carmelo Anthony will be able to play against the Orlando Magic this Wednesday. Still, up to a few hours ago he was listed as questionable. Carmelo Anthony has missed six of the Knicks' past nine games and large portions of two others due to a knee/hamstring ailment. Still, things have gone well for the squad, or at least not terribly wrong. And despite the injuries the team was able to put an end to a 4 game losing streak with a 90-83 win over the Utah Jazz last night. This is Chandler’s second injury in the last weeks. He also suffered a bone contusion in his left knee during the Knicks' loss, the manhandling of the New York Knicks 6 days ago against the Denver Nuggets where they were crushed 117-94 at the Mile High Stadium.

Chandler is a vital part of the Knicks defensive scheme. The 30 year-old veteran leads the league with 250 offensive rebounds. He is certainly the most vital player in what has been a successful run of the Knicks defense this season. As of press time the Knicks are currently ranked 4th in post defense in the league. They are a tough team to bet but their offensive line need to either rely on Carmelo Anthony or Chandler to score. J.R. Smith has been the guy responsible for guiding the scoring when Anthony is not around. He finished with the night with 20 points, including 18 in the second half while Raymond Felton chipped in with 19 to round things up in a 90-83 win against the Jazz.

About the Author

Stephen Lars is a prominent sports blogger and currently covers the Sports news, previews and handicaps for the BetIAS Sportsbook. You may reprint this article in its full content, please note no modifications to it are accepted.