Chandler battling strep throat

PHILADELPHIA -- Don't be surprised if Tyson Chandler is a step slow on Monday against Philly.

Chandler is suffering through a case of strep throat.

He played just 21 minutes in the Knicks' 100-84 win over Philly on Sunday, estimating that he was at "75 percent" health. He's in the starting lineup on Monday.

"I’m getting better," Chandler said before tipoff. "I’m sure I’ll have congestion issues, my chest and all that."

The reigning Defensive Player of the Year first felt ill during Friday's game against Miami. His condition worsened over night so he sat out of Saturday's practice but started the next day.

He was treated for dehydration after Sunday's game.

"I felt terrible after the game. Once I got some fluids and stuff like that I felt a little better. Not being able to eat, not being able to really drink that much and then trying to get out there and play I felt a little bad," Chandler said.

Woodson and his staff will probably keep a close eye on Chandle on Monday. The coach noted that Chandler looked 'sluggish' on Sunday.

Chandler at less than 100% certainly isn't ideal for the Knicks. The team is off to a 2-0 start thanks in part to the team's defense. The Knicks have held the Heat and the Sixers to 84 points a piece and Doug Collins' team shot just 43 percent on Sunday.

Chandler, obviously, is the key to anything the Knicks do on defense. By most defensive metrics, the team was in the bottom five in the league on defense in 2010-11, the year before Chandler signed. They finished last season ranked fifth in defensive efficiency, a measure of points allowed per 100 possessions, thanks mostly to Chandler.

NO CAMBY ON MONDAY: Marcus Camby will not play on Monday. Woodson reiterated that he'd like Camby to get through practices this week before he puts him on the floor.

"I'm not just going to throw him out there," Woodson said. "I like to see guys practice a little bit and just see how they feel ... he hasn't had a chance to do that."

Woodson hopes that Camby will be ready for Friday's game against Dallas. The Knicks will likely take the day off on Tuesday and practice on Wednesday and Thursday, giving Camby two days to get acclimated.

The 38-year-old veteran missed all six Knicks preseason games due to a calf injury.

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