Things are really bad for the Knicks right now. But they could be getting a little better.
First, they get to play the Bucks tonight. But more important, coach Mike Woodson told reporters Wednesday after shootaround that center Tyson Chandler will return to the starting lineup against Milwaukee.
Chandler, who has been out since Nov. 5 because of a stress fracture in his leg, had a timetable of 4-6 weeks, and is returning right on the back end of that.
The plan tonight, Woodson said, is for Chandler to return as the starting center with Andrea Bargnani coming off the bench.
The Knicks have felt most of their problems on the defensive end, allowing 104.3 points per 100 possessions, which ranks them 25th in the league. Having Chandler back to patrol the middle will aid that quite a lot, especially because it presents the Knicks more options to play with Carmelo Anthony at power forward with Chandler alongside him.
Chandler, 31, is averaging 7.3 points and 9.0 rebounds in four games this season.