|Knicks center Tyson Chandler might miss Game 1 against the Heat. (Getty Images)|
New York Knicks interim coach Mike Woodson said on Friday that starting center Tyson Chandler did not practice and could miss Game 1 of his team's first round series against the Miami Heat with the flu.
The New York Daily News reported that Woodson said that there was a "strong possibility" that Chandler would sit out the series opener but later added that the determination wouldn't be made until Saturday. The paper also reported that Knicks All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony told reporters that Chandler would be good to go.
ESPNNY.com provided the following status update from Woodson on Chandler.
"Yesterday, he basically slept and didn't eat much and tried to keep as much fluids in him as possible," Woodson said. "We'll know more tomorrow."Chandler, 29, averaged 11.3 points, 9.9 rebounds and 1.4 blocks for the Knicks this season. He is considered one of the top candidates to win the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year award. Chandler appeared in 62 out of 66 games this season despite dealing with an ongoing wrist injury.
New York, the East's No. 7 seed with a record of 36-30, will begin postseason play at No. 2 seed Miami, who finished with a record of 46-20.
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