Chandler, Martin expected back for Knicks' playoff opener

2:31 PM, Apr 19, 2013   |    comments
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New York, NY (Sports Network) - The New York Knicks figure to have a mostly healthy roster when they take the court for Saturday's Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

Center Tyson Chandler and forward Kenyon Martin both appear on track to play in Saturday's matchup against the Boston Celtics after each sat out the team's final few regular-season contests with injuries.

Chandler was held out of the second-seeded Knicks' last six games with a bulging disc in his back, but was on the practice floor on Thursday along with Martin, who missed five games with a sprained left ankle.

In addition, Newsday reported that backup center Marcus Camby should be available for Saturday's tilt with the seventh-seeded Celtics. The 39-year-old has not played since March 29 due to plantar fasciitis in his left foot.

Guard Iman Shumpert missed Friday's practice for personal reasons, but is also slated to suit up for the opener.

The Knicks likely will not have forward Amare Stoudemire, still recovering from surgery on his right knee performed back on March 11, for the series. Guard Pablo Prigioni, meanwhile, is listed as questionable for Saturday's game after spraining his ankle during Wednesday's regular-season finale against Atlanta.

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