Chandler forced to leave Bobcats game in first quarter.
New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler will undergo further tests on Wednesday to discover the extent of the injury he suffered to his knee on Tuesday night.
The 31-year-old is believed to have suffered a sprain according to initial reports from ESPN, but he is set to be evaluated on Wednesday morning in order to discover the severity of the injury.
Chandler was involved in a collision with Charlotte Bobcats star Kemba Walker in the first quarter of the 102-97 loss at Madison Square Garden, and while he spent a few minutes on the bench with an ice pack he then retired to the locker room for the rest of the night.
“We don’t know the severity yet,” Knicks head coach Mike Woodson said.
“We’ll know more [Wednesday] morning. He’s a big piece of what we do.”
Given the importance of Chandler’s presence for the Knicks, the franchise face an anxious wait for news to determine how long he will be sidelined for.
The 2011-12 Defensive Player of the Year plays a significant role on the defensive end, and team-mate Carmelo Anthony revealed after the game that he was “praying that he’s fine”.
If Chandler does face a spell off the court, then Woodson will undoubtedly have decisions to make over how to cover his absence.
Kenyon Martin and Amar’e Stoudemire provide solidity but inconsistency, with the latter continuing to struggle with knee injuries and has been on a limited-minutes plan since the start of the season.
However, reserve Cole Aldrich could also offer another option despite his inexperience, as the Knicks look to bounce back from a disappointing 1-3 start to the season.