NBA Playoffs 2012: Tyson Chandler Suffers Flu, Could Miss Series Opener Vs. Heat

The New York Knicks will likely need to win one of the first two road games to have a chance to upset the Miami Heat in the first round of the NBA Playoffs, and that will be especially difficult without Tyson Chandler on the court. The Knicks' center missed practice Friday because of the flu, and coach Mike Woodson made it sound like the illness was serious.

Carmelo Anthony finds that hard to believe, too, so it is possible Woodson is just being extra cautions. Nevertheless, it's something to watch come Saturday.

Chandler is one of the most important players on the team, especially defensively. Without him in the lineup, the Knicks will have to play small with Amar'e Stoudemire and Jared Jeffries taking turns playing center.

For more on the Knicks, visit Posting and Toasting and SB Nation New York. For a complete 2012 NBA Playoffs schedule, click the link.

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