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- Knicks center Tyson Chandler will miss tonight’s game with an upper respiratory infection. Chandler being sick cost him all but the first 4:24 of the first quarter on Sunday against the Dallas Mavericks. Kenyon Martin will get his 12th start of the season in Chandler’s place after he scored 14 points on 7-for-8 shooting in 29 minutes against the Mavericks on Sunday. Tonight will mark the 21st game Chandler has missed after he sat out 20 straight after breaking his left fibula earlier this season.
- Raymond Felton will return to the starting lineup tonight after missing the last six games with a strained right groin. Felton suffered on Dec. 23 at the Orlando Magic, which was his return from missing six games with a strained hamstring. This has been an injury-plagued season for Felton, who has played in just 17 games, averaging 10.5 points and 5.1 assists, both of which are well-below his career averages.
- With Felton back in the mix, the Knicks are also hoping to get Pablo Prigioni sooner than later. Woodson reiterated that he is day-to-day, but did not offer any hope that he may be available Thursday evening against the Miami Heat. Tonight will mark Prigioni’s 10th consecutive missed game after he was lost on Dec. 16 with a hairline fracture of his right big toe.
- Woodson was noncommittal pregame as to who would back up Felton between Beno Udrih and Toure’ Murry. Udrih had been the starter at the point while playing heavy minutes thanks to the injuries to Felton and Prigioni.
- Metta World Peace confirmed that he had his blood-spinning procedure on both knees on Monday. A sore left knee has been given the 16th-year pro trouble throughout this season and after this procedure, he says he will likely let the knees settle for two weeks before giving it a go. World Peace has played in just one game since Dec. 21.
- Woodson addressed the J.R. Smith shoe-untying incident from Sunday night against the Mavericks. With Dirk Nowitzki at the foul line in the second quarter, Smith bent down and untied Shawn Marion‘s left shoe. “He shouldn’t be doing stuff like that,” Woodson said. “I’m gonna talk to him a little bit more about it when I get in there, but his focus should be on playing basketball. That’s what it’s about and those are things you just don’t do.”
- The Knicks enter the night 11-22, five games out of first-place in the Atlantic Division and just 2.5 games out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Coming off a 92-80 win on Sunday at the Mavericks, the Knicks are looking for just their second set of back-to-back wins and first since they defeated the Brooklyn Nets and Orlando Magic on Dec. 5-6.
- The Pistons have lost four straight and six of seven, including its most lopsided loss of the season, 112-84, at home to the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday. During that streak, five of the six losses have come by double-digits. Rodney Stuckey will miss a third straight game this evening with a sore right shoulder. The seventh-year pro scored a team-high 21 points on 8-for-14 shooting in a 92-86 win over the Knicks back on Nov. 19.
– Josh Newman