- Tyson Chandler is with the team and will start tonight after not practicing on Monday due to personal reasons, which caused him to miss games on March 10 against the Philadelphia 76ers and at the Boston Celtics on March 12. Chandler returned on Saturday against the Milwaukee Bucks, scoring two points to go along with five rebounds in 25 minutes of a 115-94 Knicks win.
- Chandler will be joined in the starting lineup tonight by Raymond Felton, J.R. Smith, Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire.
- The Knicks begin the night winners of six straight, but find themselves 4.5 games back of the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot with just 15 games to play. The 6-game winning streak has come against zero teams with a winning record as tonight’s encounter with the Pacers will be their first game against a team with a winning record since March 2 at the Chicago Bulls.
- Phil Jackson was introduced as the Knicks’ President of Basketball Operations on Tuesday morning. Based on what both he and Madison Square Garden Chairman James L. Dolan said during an extensive media tour on Tuesday afternoon, it would appear that Knicks head coach Mike Woodson is on the way out after 2-plus seasons. If that scenario is on Woodson’s mind, he isn’t letting on as the Knicks try to push towards the playoffs. “I still have a job to do,” Woodson said. “We’re in the midst of trying to get this team in the playoffs and we are playing better basketball, but I’ve still got a lot of work on my hands. I’m up for the challenge and I’ll continue that as long as I’m the coach.”
- Winners of four straight following an uncharacteristic 4-game losing streak, the Pacers enter tonight three games clear of the Miami Heat for the best record in the Eastern Conference and 13 games up on the Chicago Bulls in the Central Division with 15 to play. A win tonight will give the Pacers a season-sweep of the Knicks.
- Pacers center Andrew Bynum (sore right knee) will miss his second straight game, while reserve guard C.J. Watson (right hamstring strain) is out for a third straight game.
– Josh Newman