The New York Knicks announced Wednesday that center Tyson Chandler sustained a small nondisplaced fracture in his lower right leg in the team’s loss to the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday night. The injury will not require surgery, the team said, but he is expected to miss four to six weeks.
It is a huge blow for the Knicks (1-3), who lack frontcourt depth. Chandler, the NBA’s defensive player of the year in the 2011-12 season, entered Tuesday’s game averaging nine points and 11.3 rebounds per game.
Chandler, 31, was hindered late last season by a bulging disk in his neck but returned in better shape and with a revamped jump shot.
Based on the team’s estimate, Chandler will miss 13 to 21 games. Without him, coach Mike Woodson will have to cobble minutes from a hodgepodge of aging players and inexperienced reserves. Kenyon Martin and Amar’e Stoudemire, who are subject to playing time limits, combined for 28 minutes against the Bobcats. Cole Aldrich, a 6-foot-11 center who made the team as a free-agent invitee to training camp, has yet to appear in a game this season but could be pressed into action.
Chandler was injured in the first quarter, when the Bobcats’ Kemba Walker tumbled into him on a drive to the basket. Chandler left the game for X-rays that the team said were inconclusive. Additional tests Wednesday morning revealed the damage to his fibula.
Walker’s MRI negative
Charlotte Bobcats coach Steve Clifford says an MRI on Kemba Walker’s shoulder was negative. Walker injured his shoulder Tuesday night against the New York Knicks when he ran into Metta World Peace during Charlotte’s victory. Walker had X-rays at the arena and returned in the second half.
Clifford says center Al Jefferson missed his fourth game for the Bobcats because of an ankle injury but could return Friday night.
Pacers’ Hill misses game
Indiana point guard George Hill missed the Pacers’ game Wednesday night against Chicago because of a left hip injury.
Hill has missed the last three games with the injury. About 90 minutes before tip-off, Indiana coach Frank Vogel said Hill was feeling better but not well enough to play against Derrick Rose and the Bulls.
Hill was replaced in the lineup by C.J. Watson, who is averaging 11.0 points.
Bucks forward fined
Milwaukee forward Caron Butler was fined $15,000 by the NBA for making an obscene gesture during the Bucks’ game in Boston on Friday night. Butler made the gesture with 3:54 left in the Bucks’ victory.
— Associated Press