With nothing left to play for — the Knicks have locked up the second seed in the East and will face the Celtics in the first round of the playoffs starting this weekend — some key players are going to get rest.
Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler and Kenyon Martin will all be out for the Knicks, reports ESPNNewYork.com. None of this is really a surprise and it’s the right thing to do heading into the postseason.
Because the Knicks don’t want to incur the wrath of David Stern Anthony is officially out with a sore left knee. But this is about getting rest.
While both will be ready to go come the playoffs, both Chandler and Martin are legitimately injured. Chandler has been out the last five games and 15 of 19 because of a bulging disk in his neck. Martin has a sprained left ankle and has been out three games.
You could see some Rasheed Wallace for the Knicks, but you’re going to see a lot of reserves against Charlotte, the team with the worst overall record in the NBA.