Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni said Chandler could have played in the Knicks-Mavericks game on Wednesday if it was a "playoff-type game." But since it's game No. 48 of an 82-game regular season, D'Antoni decided to err on the side of caution.
"He could've played maybe, he told me," the coach said before the game. "But he couldn't be 100 percent, he's not quite there. His ankle and calf still bothers him so why push it?"
Chandler last played in the Knicks' win over the Heat last Thursday. It's unclear when he first suffered the injury but he sat out of practice the day before the Heat game as a precautionary measure.
D'Antoni said Chandler would not need to undergo further tests, such as an MRI, to determine the extent of the injury.
"If this was a must in the sense of a playoff-type game, he could play tonight. But, you know, why?" D'Antoni said. "We've got everybody healthy and one or two more days will make it even better so let's don't take a chance."
Chandler, a key cog in the Knicks' up-tempo offense, is averaging 16.8 points and 6.1 rebounds in 45 games this season.
Reserve forward Shawne Williams returned to the lineup against the Mavericks. He missed Sunday's win over the Pistons due to a league-imposed one-game suspension for throwing a punch at Atlanta's Marvin Williams during an altercation in the final minute of the Knicks' loss to the Hawks last Friday.
Ian Begley is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.