Chandler (flu) starts vs. Sixers

Tyson Chandler, battling the flu, started today against the Sixers.

Chandler was probable entering the game after missing yesterday's practice with the flu.

When asked before the game how he feels, Chandler said, "Good enough."

Chandler battled the flu in the Knicks' first-round playoff loss to Miami last season, but seemed to be in much better shape today than he was last May.

With Chandler in the lineup, Mike Woodson went small against the Sixers.

The Knicks coach used the same lineup he started on Friday against the Heat -- Raymond Felton at point guard, Jason Kidd at shooting guard, Ronnie Brewer at small forward, Carmelo Anthony at power forward and Chandler at center.

With Andrew Bynum out with a knee injury, the Sixers also featured a smaller starting five.

But Woodson reiterated that he may go with more height in the starting five (re: Kurt Thomas starting at PF) against bigger teams. This would save Anthony from having to face a bruising player on the defensive end.

"If there's a big lineup, I'm not going to punish Melo early. ... I feel comfortable going big if we have to go big on personnel," the coach said.

CAMBY PROBABLY OUT UNTIL NEXT WEEK: Woodson said he'd play Marcus Camby if he absolutely had to today, but he'd prefer Camby to go through a few practices next week before he inserts him into a game. After their back-to-back against Philly starting today, the Knicks have three days to practice before facing Dallas on Friday.

Camby was sidelined most of the preseason with a calf injury that the team originally thought would keep him out for 7-10 days.

He has returned to practice with the team but has yet to scrimmage.

"I'm hoping that we don't have to play him tonight and get to next week where we can get two or three days where he can bang around a little bit before we actually throw him in a game," Woodson said.

THORN: KNICKS LOOKED LIKE CHAMPS ON FRIDAY: Sixers president and longtime NBA exec Rod Thorn was impressed with the Knicks' 20-point win over the Heat on Friday.

"They were so aggressive, they looked like the '73 Knicks," Thorn said with a smile.

The '72-'73 Knicks were the last Knicks team to win a title. Yes, it's been 40 seasons.