Tyson Chandler questionable vs. Bobcats

GREENBURGH, NY -- Tyson Chandler received treatment on a lingering neck injury during the Knicks' shootaround Friday morning. The All-Star center is questionable for Friday night's game against Charlotte at Madison Square Garden, according to Knicks coach Mike Woodson.

"I'd like to think he's getting better, but he's just continuing to get his treatments and he'll let us know when it's time to step back out on the floor," Woodson said.

Chandler has missed the past eight games. The Knicks are 6-2 in his absence.

Chandler said Tuesday that he still feels lingering pain and "spasms," as well as painful sensation from his neck to his shoulders, from a small bulging disk in his neck. Earlier this week, he made it sound as if he was in no rush to return to the court.

"This is not going to be something that I'm just going to be able to fight through," said Chandler, who is averaging 10.7 points, 11 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game.

With Chandler out, Woodson will start Pablo Prigioni, Raymond Felton, Iman Shumpert, Carmelo Anthony and Kenyon Martin against the Bobcats.

NO REGRETS REGARDING AMAR'E'S MINUTES: Amar'e Stoudemire said Thursday that he started to feel soreness in his knee a few days before the Knicks' loss to Oklahoma City on March 7, the last game he played before undergoing another knee debridement.

That led to questions over Stoudemire's usage. With Carmelo Anthony sidelined with a knee injury, Stoudemire played around 30 minutes per night in all four of the Knicks' games in a five-day stretch.

Woodson said he had no issue with how Amar'e was used in the days leading up to his injury.

"I thought we did a pretty good job in monitoring his minutes," Woodson said. "Maybe got out of hand a little bit. ... Things happen, man. Again, I tip my hat to Amar'e because he's put a lot of work in into trying to get back this season, and to have two knee surgeries in one season is tough. But if anybody can make it back it'll be Amar'e, I promise you that."

Stoudemire said Thursday on a conference call to promote his documentary, "Amar'e Stoudemire: In The Moment," that he was uncertain whether he could make it back for the playoffs.

WOODY LOSES A BET: Woodson, an Indiana alum, held an orange in his hand while talking to reporters Friday morning after losing a bet with Anthony over the Syracuse-Indiana game on Thursday night.

Syracuse beat Indiana to advance to the Elite Eight. Woodson said some players suggested he coach Friday's game against the Bobcats with an orange tie.

"It's a sad day in New York," Woodson said. "My Hoosiers took it on the chin."

Anthony, of course, led Syracuse to the national title in 2003.

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