Center Tyson Chandler has missed the past nine games with a pinched nerve in his neck, but the New York Knicks remain optimistic that he will return for the playoffs if not before.
Chandler was expected back about a week ago after an MRI revealed a bulging disk in his neck, but the Knicks have no timetable for his return. He suffered the injury on March 13.
"There's always a concern, but he'll be fine,'' Knicks coach Mike Woodson said, according to the New York Post. "We're just being cautious. Eventually, he'll be back. I like to think he's getting better. He'll let us know when it's time for him to step back on the floor."
Teammate Raymond Felton isn't concerned, especially with the Knicks riding a seven-game winning streak.
"He's fine," Felton said. "We're just making sure he's going to be fine and we're not going to miss him if he comes back too early and hurt his neck and he's gone for the playoffs. If he stays out for the rest of the year, we're fine with that."
In 62 games this season, Chandler is averaging 10.7 points and 11.0 rebounds per game.