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article imageNBA: Knicks' Tyson Chandler battling flu, may miss game 1

By Layne Weiss     Apr 27, 2012 in Sports
ESPN is reporting that New York Knicks' center, Tyson Chandler has the flu and could miss game 1 of the Knicks/Heat NBA playoffs series Saturday.
Knicks' coach, Mike Woodson told reporters in Miami there is a "strong possibility" Chandler will not play, ESPN reports.
Chandler missed Thursday's season finale in Charlotte and did not practice Friday afternoon, NY Daily News reports.
According to ESPN, Woodson told reporters that Chandler slept all day Thursday and has not been able to keep food down, but is trying his best to keep as much fluids in him as possible."
Woodson said Chandler will be reevaluated Saturday before the game.
Carmelo Anthony seems to be feeling a lot more confident about his teammate's status for Saturday's game. When asked about Chandler's health, he smiled and said he believes Chandler will play in the series' opener Saturday.
"He's a little ill, but he'll be with me tomorrow. We don't really care about today. As long as he's with me tomorrow, we'll be fine," Melo said.
If Chandler is unable to play Saturday, Jared Jeffries may start in his place, but Jeffries has been battling a knee injury, so Woodson said he may go with a "small lineup."
Tyson Chandler is one of this season's top candidates to win the "Defensive Player of the Year" award, CBS Sports reports.
Game 1 between the New York Knicks and the Miami Heat airs Saturday on ABC at 3:30 PM ET.
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