- Posted: 11:25 AM, April 30, 2012
“I definitely expect to go tonight,” Chandler said. “I’m feeling a little better, still obviously not a 100-percent, but I feel better.”
Chandler played in Game 1’s 100-67 debacle, but was a game-time call for it. At practice on Sunday, which Chandler did not attend, Knicks coach Mike Woodson had said that the invaluable center would be a game-time call again for Game 2. Chandler, though, not only says he’ll play but he was at shootaround this morning planning to participate in that, too.
There’s no doubt this is encouraging for the Knicks considering how Game 1 went, and considering how important Game 2 is. Chandler was horrible in the opener playing 21-plus minutes, failing to score, turning it over seven times and committing four offensive fouls.
“I was really just a zombie out there,” he said. “It’s my wind and strength, is what affected me most last game. Hopefully, I get a little bit of it back.”
Chandler said he has been eating and no longer has a fever. There’s still plenty of doubt as to how effective he will be Monday since he’s still sick.
But Chandler said, “I’m going to give it everything that I got. I am going to leave it all on the floor, hopefully I can have more energy to get my team going.”
Baron Davis back is still an issue for Monday night.
With the hurting point guard saying he’s “not close” to 100-percent, Davis was not sure if his minutes would be curtailed.
“Today’s better. Every day it gets a little bit better,” he said. “ I thought this morning I woke up feeling a little bit better. I did some stretching and some exercises, it feels a lot better than it was yesterday.”