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Knicks' Tyson Chandler (knee) leaves arena on crutches


By Ben Golliver

New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler left Wednesday's preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets in the first quarter after bumping knees with Gerald Wallace.

The injury occurred less than a minute into the game; Chandler immediately departed for the locker room. The Knicks declared shortly thereafter that Chandler would not return to the game with a "sore left knee."

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Update: The Knicks announced Thursday that an MRI revealed Chandler had suffered a "bone bruise" and is now as day-to-day.

Following New York's 97-95 overtime victory,  Knicks coach Mike Woodson mostly stayed mum on the subject of Chandler's injury, according to Newsday, saying only that his center would be evaluated on Thursday. The New York Times reported that Woodson said that Chandler told him he was "fine."

The New York Daily News reported that Chandler left the locker room on crutches and will undergo an MRI on Thursday. Chandler indicated that he might have sprained his left knee.

The two teams played the exhibition at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y.

The 2012 Defensive Player of the Year averaged 11.3 points, 9.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game in his first season with the Knicks last year.