Tyson Chandler injury: Knicks center to start against Heat

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Chandler will return from a bulging disk in his neck to the New York Knicks on Tuesday against the Miami Heat.

Tyson Chandler will return to the New York Knicks' starting lineup on Tuesday as they face the Miami Heat, according to the New York Times' Nate Taylor. He has missed 10 games while resting a bulging disk in his neck.

The Knicks' center will replace Kenyon Martin in the starting lineup, meaning New York won't be playing with an undersized power forward in the middle. Carmelo Anthony, as a result, will remain as the starting power forward.

Listed as questionable leading into the matchup of Eastern Conference foes, Chandler will give the Knicks a large advantage in the paint. Miami has often struggled this season when dealing with other teams' big men, but without Chandler, it wouldn't be the case against the Knicks, whose frontcourt has been decimated by injuries as the season has progressed.

Chandler is averaging 10.7 points and 11 rebounds per game for Mike Woodson's team, which has won eight straight games despite the depleted frontcourt.

Meanwhile, the Knicks will face a Miami team that will rest eBron James, Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers. James is listed as having a hamstring strain while Wade and Chalmers have right ankle sprains,

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