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Knicks’ Tyson Chandler to Miss a Week With Bulging Disk in Neck

NY Knicks Center Tyson Chandler
New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler sat out the past three games with a neck strain and would miss at least another three if he’s sidelined the next seven days. Photographer: Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images

March 19 (Bloomberg) -- New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler will be out for about another week after tests found a bulging disk in his neck, the team said.

The National Basketball Association club also said on Twitter that forward Kurt Thomas, who had been starting in Chandler’s place, will miss two to four weeks after tests revealed an acute reaction surrounding a stress fracture in his right foot.

The 7-foot-1 Chandler, the Knicks’ leading rebounder, sat out the past three games with a neck strain and would miss at least another three if he’s sidelined the next seven days. Chandler, 30, is averaging 10.7 points and 11 rebounds a game this season.

Thomas, 40, is averaging 2.5 points and 2.3 rebounds in 39 games this season.

New York is without forwards Amar’e Stoudemire and Rasheed Wallace for the rest of the regular season because of injuries, while leading scorer Carmelo Anthony has missed six of the past eight games with a pulled hamstring that led to knee trouble.

The Knicks (39-26) ended a four-game losing streak last night and remain one game ahead of the second-place Brooklyn Nets atop the Eastern Conference’s Atlantic Division.

To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Matuszewski in New York at matuszewski@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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