Tyson Chandler returned to the starting lineup just in time for the New York Knicks to help the short-handed team get a win. New York had already announced that Amar’e Stoudemire would be unavailable to play against the Milwaukee Bucks, and it appeared that New York would play without a post presence in Milwaukee. The Knicks desperately needed Chandler to return from his fractured fibula a little early, and he was able to bring the type of toughness that the Knicks have been missing during his time off of the court.
After missing 42 days of game action, Chandler was able to provided head coach Mike Woodson with 37 minutes in a double overtime game. Chandler only attempted four field goals during the contest, but his impact on the game was undeniable.
If the Knicks are going to make a push for the postseason, having Chandler back in the lineup will make a huge difference. The Knicks can now move forward through the season knowing that Chandler will greatly improve their rebounding numbers and defensive effectiveness. The Knicks now have their rim protector back in action, and opposing teams will have to adjust their offensive approach against the Knicks going forward.
Stoudemire may be available for Saturday’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies as well, which means the Knicks will be able to play their two most important post players at the same time for the first time in awhile. Maybe the Knicks finally hit their lowest point in their loss to the Washington Wizards earlier in the week, because good news is finally starting to come out of New York.