Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Knicks: Double Trouble

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Knicks: Double Trouble

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NEW YORK -- There is no doubt that the sight of Tyson Chandler hobbling off the court at Madison Square Garden in the first quarter was the low point of the night for the Knicks on Tuesday.

But unable to pull out a win against the lowly Charlotte Bobcats, dropping a 102-97 decision with the home crowd booing them down the stretch, the Knicks seemed to find a way to add to the misery. The booing stopped as the disgruntled crowd headed to the exits ahead of the final buzzer.

But the Knicks' offensive and defensive woes paled in comparison to the possibility of losing Chandler for any stretch of time. The Knicks lost him for all but 6 minutes, 35 seconds on this night and will find out today if their center could be gone for an extended period. While Chandler may not be the team's best player, he might be the player the team can least afford to lose.

Tuesday night it showed as the Knicks quickly plummeted into a double-digit deficit, and then spent the night frantically trying to get back into the game. Carmelo Anthony had 32 points but shot just 10-of-28 from the floor. The Bobcats pummeled the Knicks on the boards, outrebounding them, 51-33.

The Knicks dropped to 1-3 on the season and now await the return of J.R. Smith, which will come Sunday, and hope for the best with the injury to Chandler. After a 6-0 start to the season last year that sprung the Knicks on their way to 54 wins and an Atlantic Division crown, the team already is struggling to find a silver lining.

"It's easy to go into a dark place right now," Anthony said. "It's easy to listen to all that negativity that's going to be coming our way, but we've got to stay together as a unit, as a team, remain positive and get through this."

Chandler was in the lane when Kemba Walker came driving through, stumbling as he tripped and banged his knee into the side of Chandler's right knee. Chandler tumbled to the floor and stayed down. Finally, he hobbled to the bench and had an ice pack strapped to the knee. He remained there for a few minutes and then went to the locker room.

Chandler underwent X-rays, which were not conclusive -- with further tests planned for today before the Knicks offer a diagnosis. …

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