Chandler says left wrist still hurts

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Tyson Chandler told reporters after Knicks practice at the team's training facility that his left wrist still hurts.

The injury occurred when Chandler fell hard to the floor during his return to Dallas on March 6, after which he missed the following two games. Since then, he had been wearing a brace on the wrist, but has recently elected to go without it in roughly the past two weeks.

Eyebrows were raised Thursday night after the Magic game when Carmelo Anthony dropped the word "fracture," referring to Chandler's injury. But the center clarified that today, saying it's not. However, he doesn't know what the ongoing issue is either.

"It's hurt," he said. "I've been banged up throughout the season, but it's all right. I don't have a fracture. I don't know for sure what it is. It's too complicated basically and if I try to explain it, I'm not a doctor and I'm going to sound [wrong]."

The best news is that Chandler has been playing the same through the pain since March 6, averaging around his season averages (11.2 points and 9.8 rebounds per game) and making a case for Defensive Player of the Year. He also said surgery is not needed.

Keeping to the theme of good news, Mike Woodson said Bill Walker will play Sunday afternoon against the Bulls in what could be the appetizer of a potential first-round matchup. Walker hasn't played since late February after undergoing a debridement procedure on his left elbow. During practices, while the team scrimmages and goes through drills, Walker is usually on the adjacent court working on conditioning exercises with a member of the training staff.

Woodson didn't discuss how Walker may be used or how the new rotations may look. Walker could see some minutes behind Landry Fields and alongside J.R. Smith, especially if the Knicks need to spread the floor for some open looks and give Anthony less congestion to score. Walker is an above average 3-point shooter, although he's dipped a bit this season to 32.1 percent (perhaps due to that elbow problem).

In addition, Jared Jeffries, who's missed the past eight games with right knee inflammation, will likely play Sunday and back up Chandler.

"He went through shootaround today and they will assess [the injury] probably first thing in the morning when we get to the arena to see how he is," Woodson said. "If he tells me he's ready to go then we're going to put him in uniform and play him a little bit. He's getting there."

With the defensive-minded Jeffries returning, the Knicks have to be feeling pretty optimistic. Since Woodson took over the team on March 14, they've been holding opponents to 87.8 points per game -- the best mark in the league during that stretch, even better than the top-seeded Bulls (88.1 ppg).

Starting tomorrow, the Knicks should become even more suffocating.

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