Chandler collides with Walker, leaves game

NEW YORK -- New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler left Tuesday's game against the Charlotte Bobcats in the first quarter after he injured his right knee during a collision with Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker.

The team said that x-rays on Chandler's knee were inconclusive and that he will be diagnosed on Thursday pending further tests.

It is unclear if Chandler twisted his knee during the collision or banged it with Walker's. The 7-footer was in considerable pain after the play, which occurred with 5:24 to go in the first quarter. He spent a few minutes on the bench with an ice pack on his knee, then limped off the court and headed to the locker room for further evaluation. Reserve Cole Aldrich helped him walk from the bench to the locker room. Walker wasn't injured on the play.

Chandler is arguably the second-most important Knick behindCarmelo Anthony, so New York can't afford to lose him for a significant amount of time.

The 2011-12 Defensive Player of the Year anchors New York's defense. In the Knicks (1-2) first three games, Chandler averaged nine points and 11 rebounds in 33 minutes.