Chandler probable vs. Sixers; Jeffries out

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The Knicks announced after Saturday's practice at the Knicks' training facility that Tyson Chandler is probable for Sunday's game against the Sixers, while his backup Jared Jeffries is definitely out.

Mike D'Antoni said Chandler, who's been dealing with a left hamstring strain since March 6 (suffered during a practice before the Mavericks game), is more likely to play.

"I'm thinking yes, so I can sleep tonight," he said, smiling.

Chandler said the injury is not fully healed yet, but he feels he can go Sunday afternoon.

"I'm definitely itching to get back," he said. "I've been watching the last couple of games, and I need to get back out there."

Indeed he does. In the Knicks' past two games, both losses, they gave up an average of 118.5 points -- the worst mark in the league during that stretch -- and 55 points in the paint. With Chandler and Co., their season average for opponents' points allowed is 96.1, which includes 39.6 points in the paint.

"Tyson will definitely shore up a lot of things," said D'Antoni, who will go back to the usual starting five if Chandler plays Sunday, with Landry Fields at shooting guard. "We've just got to have the same urgency we had the last eight minutes of the [Bucks] game and stretch it out for 48 [minutes]."

Chandler is also nursing left hand and wrist injuries, and while he said the rest he's had in the last few days will benefit some, the healing process will take much longer.

D'Antoni said Jeffries may return Monday against the Bulls, but offered no definite timetable, saying "it could be longer."

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